SamStone Posted November 12, 2015 Share Posted November 12, 2015 What, if any, are any topics that you think would be "risky" topics to use for your writing sample? I realize that taking any strong stance in an unpopular direction is a chancy, but are there general topics that seem more risky than others? For instance, is taking a pragmatist stance in the philosophy of science a good/bad idea? Does writing a history paper on Schelling, Fichte, or Hegel, in itself, have an effect on your chances of getting in? How about arguing that philosophers don't pay proper heed to the details of quantum physics? etc. Of course, there are exceptions—every applicant wants to write something to fits (at least somewhat) within their field of interest, and some departments will be excited about what others will not—but I'm just wondering if people think any topic is specifically "dangerous"... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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