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I'm applying for schools this Fall and could really look at previous years' successful applicants SOPs and/or writing samples for guidance and inspiration. If anybody is ready to share, I would be thankful immensely! Needless to say, you shouldn't worry about confidentiality/plagiarism etc. 

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This forum is kind of a ghost town right now. I'm not sure what kind of response you're going to get. Have you tried looking for samples elsewhere? I know there's sample SOP's out there. Writing samples might be a bit more difficult, but I get the feeling that there isn't really a generic writing sample, it's just supposed to be your best work that you've done so far (whatever that means). I'd be interested in knowing if you get any replies though. 

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Well, haven't had any replies yet. And since there aren't as many SOP's on the web as one would expect I have really high hopes for this thread. In the worst case scenario, I might just stalk current grad students and ask them for their SOP's directly :D  

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I'm in the same place as you, bar_scene_gambler, only I don't particularly like any of the few I'm choosing from. Are you going to submit different writing samples for the different schools or are you going to choose one throughout?

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Well my situation is a little interesting. I'm interested in both Existential (to use an awful umbrella term) philosophy and Chinese philosophy, and so I'm dividing up my applications between the two areas of interest. I think for the schools that I'm applying to for their Chinese philosophy concentration, I'll be submitting a comparative work I did on Kant's Ethics and the Tao Te Ching, but for the continental programs, it's a bit of a toss up. It's probably going to be either a paper on Cavell on Knowing and Acknowledging or my senior thesis, which is on "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". I'm a little concerned about submitting my thesis though, because of its length more than anything else. What are your works on?

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