Questions tagged [philosophy]

On conventions specific to the academic discipline of philosophy (the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language) and programs of study leading to a degree in this field.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
102 views

Do scientific methodological beliefs affect the topics that are investigated? [closed]

Do scientific methodological beliefs affect the topics that are investigated? I've lately been led to this question, since I've wondered about what a difference would it be to do a "very ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

How does computational learning theory differ from computational complexity, decision theory, and information theory? [closed]

I am very interested in bringing mathematical clarity / the abstraction of the big philosophical questions of computation and learning (or computational learning theory). For example, proving ...
1
vote
2answers
142 views

What is the formal process for a theory to get accepted by the science community? [duplicate]

Question description so that anyone can evaluate and answer accordingly Since last many years, I have self-studied a subject that is Theoretical Physics - Cosmology, Time and Space. I have never got ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

Degree in Philosophy at Mathematics department? [duplicate]

I saw some tesis that, for me, look as paper of Mathematics and, indeed, are from mathematics' department. However, the name of the course is "degree in Philosophy". There is any explanation ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

How difficult is it to switch majors going from a BA to MA/Phd?

A few years ago, I received a BA in English. While I was studying my focus on English, however, shifted when I took a class on literary theory in the latter half of my 3rd year, which inspired in me a ...
3
votes
0answers
79 views

MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford [closed]

I've considered applying to the MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford, but I'm a little concerned that I don't quite fit the rubric of students attending the program. Having looked at the program's ...
1
vote
2answers
205 views

Is it possible to get a job in a philosophy department with a non-philosophy PhD?

As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy and the field in which I'm pursuing a PhD right now. Though I had passion for both fields, I chose this field because I did better in this field than I did in ...
0
votes
0answers
70 views

In journal submission guidelines, what is meant by “interventions in contemporary debates”?

In their submission guidelines, the editors of the philosophy journal Philosopher's Imprint write: Submissions to the Imprint are refereed anonymously and selected for publication on the basis of ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

“Theories”/“frameworks” for how multiparadigmatic research should work (in the context of interdisciplinary research)?

Interdisciplinary research is research generated from collaboration between people from different disciplines (or one person steeped in different disciplines). This can mean simply that the multiple ...
1
vote
1answer
494 views

Is it stupid to quit graduate program after one year? [closed]

As the title says, I'm thinking about quitting. Everyone I've spoken to seems to think this is a dumb idea (quitting after one year, at least), but I haven't talked to anyone who's actually gone ...
3
votes
2answers
178 views

Master in humanities as a software engineer

I am living in the Netherlands (at the moment, I am an expat), I have two M.Sc and a bachelor in software engineer / computer science and and I am looking at the possibility of having a part-time ...
103
votes
4answers
21k views

A famous scholar sent me an unpublished draft of hers. Then she died. I think her work should be published. What should I do?

A famous scholar sent me an unpublished draft of hers. It was to convince me that a certain philosophical position is wrong (the paper debunks that position). Then she died. I think her work should be ...
23
votes
3answers
5k views

Is it acceptable to say that a reviewer's concern is not going to be addressed because then the paper would be too long?

It is my understanding that philosophy papers have less chance of being published if they are over 7,000 or 8,000 words long. But at the same time we philosophers often complain that a given author's ...
1
vote
1answer
185 views

Is it necessary to have a background in philosophy in order to get a position in logic in philosophy departments?

What the title asks. Apparently there are some professors in departments of philosophy working on logic or semantics (e.g. William Starr or Nino Cocchiarella [retired]). Does one need to know the "...
5
votes
3answers
233 views

Going into academia if the research is interdisciplinary

If one is doing a PhD in an area that is on the borderline of a few areas (see the specifics below), would it be harder for them to find a job in academia after graduating? To be more specific, the ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

How to restart an assignment after a long break?

I usually work on an assignment in a continuous flow. I study Philosophy, so I have to read and write a little every day. I have recently shifted place and it took a whole two weeks gap. Now that I'...
1
vote
0answers
63 views

Which kinds of academic revolutions has philosophy of science indentified so far and when?

Recently, I had an interdisciplinary discussion with some friends about Industry 4.0, internet of things,...which brought up the question, which kind of academic revolutions apart from industrial ...
0
votes
2answers
285 views

When are 2 PhDs in philosophy necessary? [closed]

I stumbled on Tom Angier on his UCT page, but this page details his degrees more: MPhil. in Philosophy (University College London, 1995), PhD in Philosophy (University of Cambridge, 2001), PhD in ...
1
vote
1answer
721 views

How does a philosopher publish a paper?

How does a philosopher publish a paper? Does it work as in natural science where the steps are: Find an appropriate call for papers Submit a paper within a deadline Receive anonymous peer-reviews ...
109
votes
9answers
28k views

“Dressing down” to impress in academic settings

I came across this highly-upvoted comment on reddit (15,300 karma) by /u/Semi-Hemi-Demigod The CEO of the company I work for said that it's not uncommon for programmers to be asked to dress down ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

Is an interest in the Philosophy of Biology a good reason to pursue grad studies in Evolutionary Biology? [closed]

I have always leaned more towards questions surrounding psychology, sociology, and philosophy but fate has me graduating with a BSc in Biology this year. Would it be smart to pursue it further more ...
1
vote
2answers
181 views

Do positions exist in philosophical research?

For example, in the same fashion that medical professionals might do research on cancer, does there exist comparable positions in philosophy where one "researches," say, Free Will Determinism?
2
votes
2answers
141 views

interdisciplinary Phd programs in philosophy and computer science (AI, ML)? [closed]

I have a BA in philosophy and I'm working on an MS in computer science specializing in "Interactive Intelligence" (a blend of HCI, AI, ML). My end goal is a PhD in philosophy but specializing in AI. ...
3
votes
2answers
354 views

Does adjunct teaching help a PhD application?

I burned out while pursing a PhD in mathematics but have a masters, and am currently pursuing a masters in philosophy with the hope that it may show continued interest in academia before I re-apply to ...
1
vote
2answers
327 views

How to connect with professors as a non-academic?

Long story short, I could never attend higher education, and now, later in life, I would love to be with people 100x smarter than me that take a scientific approach to discussions. Professors seem ...
2
votes
0answers
147 views

How far will my Masters counterbalance low undergrad GPA in PhD applications? [duplicate]

I'm currently pursuing a Masters degree in Philosophy at a top UK university, and as my grades currently stand, I'm looking to graduate with a Distinction. During my second and third years of ...
-9
votes
2answers
441 views

If one can defend a title of “PhD” to any other PhD, is that title valid without any conferring institution? [closed]

If one claims to have a PhD without an issuing institution, can that title be defended as legitimate? This issue could be relevant in issues of employment (where an applicant has listed a PhD) and to ...
1
vote
0answers
158 views

How important is it for an eventual academic career in philosophy to pursue a masters degree at a different school from your undergrad?

I understand that there are many pros and cons to pursuing a masters at the same school you took your undergraduate degree at. In my particular situation, I am a Canadian fourth-year undergraduate ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

Does everyone who is doing a PhD has to dabble in philosophy to a certain extent? [closed]

Does everyone who is doing a PhD has to dabble in philosophy to a certain extent? The question is irrespective of the field of research.
4
votes
1answer
101 views

Are there any undergraduate research/internship opportunities in math/science education/history? [closed]

(Apologies if this isn't the right place for such a post. I see lots of advice for undergraduates hoping to pursue research in math and science, but haven't come across anything for the "soft" stuff ...
9
votes
1answer
500 views

How do we keep ourselves humble as researchers and intellectuals?

I recently sat down with a trusted confidant and went over my statement of purpose and personal statement. Although the overall message and commentary was positive, what I realized was that I needed ...
11
votes
5answers
793 views

How do academics in humanities such as philosophy apply mathematics or physics in their discipline?

(I am from an engineering background and know very little about liberal arts and humanity programs, so I apologize in advance if my question sounds condescending or ignorant.) I am often puzzled as ...
4
votes
1answer
556 views

Teaching philosophy with a PhD in math

I am currently in a PhD program for math in the US studying mathematical logic, and I plan to pursue a teaching career at a university after I finish my degree. Philosophy has always been a side ...
2
votes
2answers
404 views

Answering Ambiguous or Outright Preposterous Questions

Given the premise of any form of testing is the evaluation of one's knowledge in comparison to the population (i.e. class) as a whole and a set body of knowledge (i.e. syllabus). How does one ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

PhD: Online philosophy courses and their worth when transitioning from an unrelated field to philosophy

I want to enter a PhD programme in continental philosophy in about 7 months. This is while I hold an MA in Computer Science. While the school is very open to my application, -- i.e. they don't ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Why would the review system status go from “awaiting recommendation” back to “awaiting referee assignment”? [duplicate]

I recently submitted my first paper to a philosophy journal. After about a month, the status switched from "Awaiting Reviewer Scores" to "Awaiting recommendation". Then a few days later it switched ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

MLA German translated citations

I am writing a paper (in German) for a philosophy seminar using MLA citation style. For my work I use three english sources and I am going to translate all of my quotes for a better textflow. At the ...
26
votes
3answers
9k views

Is there a consensus in philosophy and other humanities that PhD dissertations have to be at least 200 pages long?

I've read a blog post written by Robert Wolff saying that for a philosophy dissertation to be considered good, at least in American universities, it should be between 200 to 250 pages long. We could ...
1
vote
1answer
201 views

Is it normal for a department not to specify where a PhD candidate's funding will come from before the candidate accepts the position?

I've been accepted into a Philosophy PhD program, and they have told me that I will probably have a job as either a teaching assistant or research assistant for each of the next five years and that ...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

Is there any Master or Ph.D. programme that involves Mathematics, Philosophy and Biology?

I majored in Business and Economics a few years ago and right now I'm looking for a master or PhD in Mathematics because I am quite passionate about it, but I just don't really know in which program ...
1
vote
0answers
112 views

Should I cite the book and ancient text in my paper?

I'm writing a paper for an undergraduate philosophy class and I am not sure how I should make the citation for the text. I will provide an example. However, we do read from the dialogue Apology, ...
2
votes
1answer
184 views

Is the masters a requirement for applying to a Philosophy PhD program in the USA?

I have a BE in Electronics and Communication and my work experience in the last decade has been in the field of Electronics. I have always nurtured a strong interest in Philosophy and have written a ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How much weight is given to letters of recommentation from developing country for Dphil at Oxford University? [closed]

If one graduate at a developing country which lack highly ranked professors, how much weight should be expected to be given from Oxford University to recommendation letters for a Dphil? Do they weight ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Is “get passing grades and follow voraciously your curiosity on the side” a good strategy for graduate school?

I will be starting my PhD in Math this fall. I have diverse interests including philosophy, history and economics, but I concluded that a PhD in Math would be most useful in the real world. I wanted ...
3
votes
0answers
90 views

Corresponding author in Philosophy

Who is the corresponding author in a field like Philosophy where there is no experimental work to be done and where sometimes the two authors are all senior philosophers?
3
votes
0answers
134 views

Doubts about publishing priority

My doubt is this: if I first publish with a serious academic publisher a small book which gives an overall view of my philosophy of science proposal, could I legitimately try to publish afterwards ...
32
votes
2answers
6k views

How should one decide whether to study logic in a math or philosophy department?

In particular, besides the more obvious fact that your courses and qualifying exams are going to be in different fields, are there any subtler reasons to prefer one department over another? Some ...
3
votes
1answer
144 views

Uncertainty in Essay Writing: How do I know I will find a good argument?

I have a few things that I would like to explore for my Masters thesis. However, I don't know yet whether I am good at this kind of topic, its more historical than what I am used to etc. But my ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Does doing an undergraduate math major make an applicant for philosophy phd programs more competitive?

I'm majoring in philosophy at my undergraduate university but I've also taken a fair number of math classes. I've generally found that taking math classes is very time consuming and dramatically ...
10
votes
3answers
3k views

The advantages of Latin when studying mathematics and logic?

I'm starting university soon and I'm going to major in math, and minor, at least, in philosophy. I'm also going to start a new language (I'm Finnish and I'm fluent in English), and the languages I've ...