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  1. I am in my senior year of philosophy at an online college. I've been thinking about studying a masters degree in philosophy, but for the near future (2-3 years) my only options would be online (there is nothing around and I cannot relocate). What do you think about Edinburgh's MSc in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind? Is this a good option if I want to apply to a PhD program after said period, at what point I'd be able to relocate?
  2. Hello everybody, I’m an active duty Marine, currently a junior in an online, for-profit, low-tier (still regionally accredited) college. I’m working towards my Bachelors in Philosophy and I would love to go on to pursue a graduate degree after the military. I’ll be graduating about six months before I leave the service. My GPA is 3.8 and I’ll have a total of 13 courses in philosophy. I’m worried about my chances of admission into any graduate program, the reason being my unusually weird background. The fact is very few veterans go for philosophy, and philosophy seems to be the kind of hard-knitted academic discipline to not have any flexibility whatsoever. I’m pursuing philosophy in the only way I know (my college is the only online affordable university which offers philosophy), but is that enough to compete against more traditional students? Assuming I keep a good gpa of 3.8/3.9, I get great GRE scores and a phenomenal writing sample, how bad is my non-academic background/low-tier online education going to affect my chances of admission? If you want any more information, I can provide it. Thank you!
  3. Hi all, My pedigree is not great. I did a BA Biblical Studies and am currently enrolled at Talbot Seminary (Biola Univ.) in Southern California for the MA Philosophy. They've managed to have really good placement over the last few years so I'm aiming for a PhD after this. However, in the event that my seminary background shoots me in the foot, would it be a bad idea to just do a second masters degree into a PhD somewhere more prestigious? Thanks!
  4. Hi, I've been accepted to the above three programs, that is, to the MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, the MSc in Philosophy of Science at LSE, and the MLitt in Philosophy at St. Andrews. They are all one year programs. I graduated from an Ivy League school in 2016 with an AB in Philosophy with about a 3.8 average (3.7 in philosophy), but haven't had luck with philosophy PhDs. My plan is indeed to apply again for a PhD in Philosophy and/or History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) beginning in 2021, ideally with a superior writing sample. I anticipated that I would have an easier time with masters programs than PhDs given the length of time I've been out of school. I'm curious to know whether some folks with familiarity with philosophy PhD admissions have an idea of what might be best for me this year. Some thoughts: 1) I am most excited about Cambridge HPS just from an objective perspective. It is an exciting program and is relatively prestigious by my lights. There are some caveats, however. Notably, there is no coursework. Basically you write three research essays and then a lengthier fourth "dissertation". The papers make up the entirety of the grade. This, I would imagine, will allow me to put together a solid sample during my first semester, plus solicit a good recommendation from my supervisor. That being said, it's possible I may need coursework to prove my "bona fides". I have a very solid background in philosophy personally, but I don't necessarily think it's reflected in my eclectic undergraduate transcript. 2) If coursework seems important, some part of me thinks that St. Andrews or LSE might be a better fit. Both are taught. Perhaps both are viewed more favorably for philosophy PhDs given that they are straight philosophy masters rather than HPS. Imagine that I'm fully funded at all these programs for the purposes of discussion, and let me know what you think. Thanks.
  5. I'm about to be in Gainesville, FL for the next two years after getting my MA from Georgetown in English. I'm looking into a Master's in Philosophy -- anyone have any idea whether any FL schools have decent philosophy MA or certificate programs, or maybe philosophy certificate/critical theory oriented programs in the south more generally? (AL, GA, TN, NC, SC -- but stuck with Florida for the forthcoming year). Since I didn't major in philosophy undergrad, my standards aren't ridiculously high, but I don't want to mar my CV (especially for applying to PhDs) by transitioning from Georgetown to a lesser program or school without knowing it, since I'm not really in-the-loop as to grad school in philosophy though I've been studying continental and classical philosophy/psychoanalysis/existentialism for years since undergrad, and have written an undergrad/MA thesis on 19th century continental. I know that UF is a good school but can anyone affirm whether it's a good philosophy program? None of the rankings I can find online for Philosophy MA programs are consistent -- some say that FSU is good, some say that University of Central Florida is best, some say that UF is better (I know it's higher ranked as a public university -- but in terms of a terminal MA). And does anyone have experience getting two MA's in philosophy/English or the humanities and experience/insight/words of warning to offer as to whether that's a good track? I'm going to go for the English PHD but I love philosophy and I think I'll be a better thinker and candidate for the program I want to get into 2 years down the road. Any advice or commentary welcome -- especially if you know of certificate programs or programs that incorporate theory, psychoanalysis etc. For background, I have a strong background in continental 19th century; critical theory (Derrida, Lacan, Bloom, Foucault, deconstruction, other forms of poststructuralism); psychoanalysis (Freud & Lacan); Aristotle and Lucretius; and excelled in undergrad at Kant, Plato, and other touchstones that I haven't had the chance to explore further as an English major. Really strong on and passionate about Nietzsche, really interested in more Freud (big in philosophy programs?). I'm looking to learn more in phenomenology, Hegel, Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger; philosophy of mind; really, I haven't encountered anything I haven't liked (other than business ethics). Clearly not too well-equipped to talk about it but always enlightening and really inspiring so I want to go for it without getting stuck in a program and realizing it's not the quality of instruction worth 2 years pursuing -- so any experience or opinion from someone in the discipline on these Florida programs would be greatly appreciated!!! Just trying to find a way to study it while I'm in Gainesville -- somehow..
  6. Hello, I am going to be applying to philosophy MA programs this coming spring, and had a question about writing samples that I couldn't find addressed in any past threads. Some background about my particular situation is below, but since this seems like a question that others might have as well, I'd like to try and phrase the question more generally: If your writing sample deals substantially with a philosophical figure or figures whose works are in a language other than English, would it be expected that any references to his/her/their writings be from the original texts rather than translations? In other words, if I am submitting a writing sample on (say) Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, would it be expected that I 1.) know German, and 2.) am basing my analysis on the original German text rather than on a translation? As far as my particular background, in case it is helpful: I went to a relatively small Midwestern college and graduated several years ago with majors other than philosophy and a 3.9 GPA. Since that time, I have been working in the corporate world. My intent is to use the MA program as a stepping-stone into a philosophy PhD program. My interests are primarily in post-war French philosophy and Marx, so I would be targeting continental-oriented programs. As far as my writing sample, given that I did not major in philosophy, I do not have any substantial philosophy papers from my undergraduate days that I would like to submit as part of an MA application. After kicking around several ideas for a topic, I have come upon an idea to write a paper comparing, contrasting, and evaluating two different interpretations of Marx (Gilles Deleuze's and Felix Guttari's in Anti-Oedipus and Moishe Postone's in Time, Labor, and Social Domination). The first of those books is in French and the other in English. What prompted this particular question is that while I do speak French and can work from the original text of Anti-Oedipus, I do not know German and so any use of textual support from Marx would have to be based on translations. Thank you in advance for any insight you can provide!
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