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  1. I have created a discord server to help philosophy students and graduates cope with quarantine. Join here: https://discord.gg/QRvH2By
  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-kni
  3. I've had the good fortune of being accepted to two incredible programs: a PhD in Logic & Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in Cognitive Science. Both programs are at UC Irvine. I'm having an incredibly hard time choosing between them. The LPS program is really amazing, and I see it as the best intellectual/cultural fit for me. The CogSci program is great too, and I have several fantastic PIs in the department interested in taking me on as a student. I think the two programs would be very different experiences since the CogSci program is structured more like a STEM program while LPS is,
  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 woul
  5. So, I'm looking at potential PhD programs and noticed that Princeton's Religion, Ethics, and Politics PhD program is seldom mentioned on this site. For those who know, what are the logistics among this program in terms of reputation or teaching style? For specifically, are the professors more analytic or continental when it comes to their approach of studying Religion? My MDiv concentration would be in this field and I want to know what classes I should take to best prepare for PhD programs such as this.
  6. Hello, I’m an applicant from the UK who’s applying to Philosophy PhD programs in the US starting September 2020. I recently took the GRE and got a verbal score of 166 (97th percentile) and a quant score of 156 (60th percentile). There seems to be so much conflicting information about how important GRE scores are and, as an international applicant, it can all be very confusing. Do you think that my mediocre quant score will be a hindrance to getting into any (or certain top) PhD programs in the states? Other relevant background info to do with my application: I have a BA and an MPhil
  7. I finished my BA last spring and I am applying for graduate programs for the fall of 2020. I am interested in studying metaphysics and logic. I am a big fan of David Lewis. The analysis of possibility, ontology, formal systems, and the metaphysics of science are each contenders for my chief philosophical interest. I do not know which programs I should be applying for. I plan on applying to a couple of terminal MA programs for general philosophy. I would like also to pursue MA/PhD programs and those programs with a strong faculty for metaphysics. Most of the programs I would like to apply
  8. Does it matter which undergrad university my client went to? Is gaining upper 2:1 from St Andrews reduce a chance of getting offered a BPhil in Philosophy or MPhil in Economics at Oxford or Harvard?
  9. I thought this was the best place to ask these questions, so... Which Oxford masters programme is easier to get in; Economics, Sociology or Philosophy? I have a client who wants to know. Also, does it matter which undergrad uni he went to? He currently studies at a top uni in Scotland (St Andrews or Edinburgh - I am not at liberty to say which, sorry). Currently studies Economics and Philosophy, but could switch to Sociology as he like it as well. Also by studying which is it easier to gain a job at a university? Thank you all for your answers!
  10. Hello, everyone. I am struggling to decide if I should go towards an MTS at schools like Harvard and Yale or go straight into a Ph.D. program. For context, I have a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have done very well in my Philosophy classes. Yet I think that if I go straight into a Ph.D. program, I would be missing out on the education that Divinity school offers. Age matters as well, since I plan to be on the tenure track. Going into a Ph.D. at 22 vs 24 could make a lot of difference in the long run. Since I want to get a Ph.D. in Philosophy, I am wary of how an MTS is seen in the eyes of the Philos
  11. I was recently accepted to both philosophy programs. I am having a hard time deciding on which program would be best for me in the long run. My main interest is philosophy of mind (consciousness, explanatory gap, phenomenal character of experiences, nature of self, mind-body problem, panpsychism, etc) Which school is better!? I’m mostly curious about faculty and how they interact with students. 
  12. Hi all! I'm hoping you might have some advice/clarity/insight on a decision I'm trying to make. I'll try to make it brief (and hopefully coherent)! I'm applying to Bioethics + MSW programs at the University of Louisville (where those two are already an established dual degree program) and the University of Pittsburgh (which has both degrees but not integrated yet, so I'd do most of it separately). Both programs would take three years. If I were to qualify for in-state tuition (in either state), Louisville would be significantly less expensive. It also has an MSW specialization that's the
  13. Hello academia people, I just got admitted to the PhD in Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. While I was doing the application everything seemed great, but lately (Murphy's law?) in close circles I've been hearing it's not really a good choice for a PhD, since it would not provide good opportunities to work outside of Spain. Most comments rely on the rankings (QS: 165; THE: 201-250) but not a lot on actual experience. I was really sure back when I applied, but now I've been struck by the fact that every description of Barcelona and its universities seems to go to not-very aca
  14. I was recently accepted to both philosophy programs. I am having a hard time deciding on which program would be best for me in the long run. My main interest is philosophy of mind (consciousness, explanatory gap, phenomenal character of experiences, nature of self, mind body problem, panpsychism, etc) Which school is better!? I’m also curious about faculty and how they interact with students.
  15. I have applied to 2019 philosophy MA in Stanford and it has been radio silence since then. My application status is always 'submitted', making me wonder is there even an 'under review' status? I have checked past results posted on this site, the only information I get is that in 2016 someone recieved their MA offer on May 4th and someone else said Stanford forgot to send the rejection letter. I am really anxious since this is my first choice and I have turned down Tufts(and any other funded masters) before April 15th. Anyone heard form Stanford's philosophy MA now? Anyone knows whether
  16. Is it possible to transition into philosophy? I got a bachelors in history in 2017 from a small liberal arts college without any reputation and originally planned to study intellectual history, but since then have found my interests drifting towards pure philosophy instead (I'm interested specifically in scholastic metaphysics). How difficult would it be to use my degree to get into a philosophy program, and if it is possible for me to do so, what would you recommend I do with my time between now and November to increase my chances? For example, I work at the institution I graduated from
  17. Does anyone have experience commuting to campus while in grad school? Right now, I am considering settling in a town (Ocala, FL) about 95 minutes or so away from the campus where I will attend classes (USF). This is partially because I would prefer to live with my SO (and thereby not live alone or with strangers). It also makes rent considerably cheaper as compared to attempting to settle in a large college town (Tampa, FL). The drive is about 90 miles, all highway. I'd plan on putting the money I save in rent towards gas and regular maintenance on the car to keep it in good working order.
  18. I realize there's a variety of types of jobs that require teaching to different extents, lecturer/adjunct professor, full-time instructor, visiting assistant professor (VAP), and then the glorious shining jobs such as tenure-track assistant professor. Some schools are looking for tenure teachers (no research expected or necessary for advancement). I'm really fine with all of these options in the long-term, but obviously I give preference to tenure-track. I'm currently in a PhD. I have a lot of teaching experience for a grad student who is 2 years into his PhD (12 classes as instructor of
  19. Hi all, I have been offered admission to Simon Fraser University with a good funding package. I have heard back from Tufts as well and will receive the offer soon. I know that funding at Tufts isn't very good. However, they have a good placement record. The placement record (link) at SFU is also decent, but it doesn't have as many big names as the Tufts record. I'm confused about where I should go. AOI: Philosophy of medicine, philosophy of mind Any suggestions about what I should do? Thanks
  20. Hello all! I was wondering if anyone here has, or knows someone who has, applied to Mizzou for this cycle and, if so, if they have heard/solicited any news from the department. I’ve seen nothing on the results page, here, the FB group, or anywhere else. They are way past when they usually release. Thanks in advance for any information!
  21. I have already read up on all the relevant posts ever posted here on this forum but I think I still could do with some more of your opinions about which school I should go for. First of all, I have already got my offer for doing master's degree from five UK universities: UCL (MA), KCL (MA), St Andrews (MLitt), Warwick (MA), Durham (MA). I plan to move on to doctoral degree--at least for the moment!--and hopefully I could do so either at Oxford or Cambridge, or any top tier universities in the States. My main interest is in Philosophy of Language and I'm also deeply interested in problems
  22. This was sent via the PhilUpdates Google Group. It might be of interest to some of you. I am not at this program but completed an MA there some time ago. PM me if you have questions about the program from a grad student perspective. Dear all, As we approach our deadline, we wanted to mention that, *in addition to* the TA’ships and other fellowships we have already advertised, we have had a strong track record of extramural funding that has been used to provide additional funding to our graduate students. Such funding can be disbursed as cash, or else to provide research support for
  23. Hi, all. What are current thoughts on Kingston's CRMEP? I know that Kingston has been in a bit of financial trouble lately, and I have some doubts about the school overall due to this. Furthermore, Kingston's CRMEP is not ranked highly for continental philosophy programs—as opposed to Essex, Sussex, Warwick, etc.. Despite all that, CRMEP absolutely has the best faculty (Peter Osborne, Catherine Malabou, Howard Caygill, Peter Hallward, and Étienne Balibar) for my purposes compared to any English-speaking school I've seen in the US and internationally. I am tempted to pick an MA program for its
  24. Hey folks! Would any successful applicants from previous years be happy to share their writing samples? There’s some useful advice online, but it’s fairly basic, and it would be interesting to see the kind of samples that do well. I’m particularly interested in samples that tackle more unusual topics. Thanks in advance!
  25. Hey y'all. Worried about my chances of acceptance into philosophy MA programs. As of right now, I know I am for sure applying to San Francisco State, California State Los Angeles, London School of Economics (MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy/Philosophy of the Social Sciences), Wayne State University (I'm already accepted into the AGRADE program there, so this is my backup), and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Possibly also applying to Georgia State University and Northern Illinois University (depending on if I can take the GRE in time). Here are my stats: GPA: 3.75 Philosop
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