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.

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Is doing a PhD in philosophy with a master's in an unrelated discipline viable?

I have a master's degree in computer science, and have been working as a software developer outside of academia for about a decade. I'm considering trying to transition into academic philosophy with ...
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How do I cite a translation of a classical author (greek philosopher) in my thesis

I want to cite a quote by Seneca at the start of my economics thesis: It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. Here is an ...
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Would this work be publishable in a journal of physical philosophy? [closed]

Background So I can derive the relative maxwell distribution (selecting 2 random particles what is the probability they have a particular relative velocity) from relative variables (relative position, ...
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How does speaking multiple languages fluently help you when trying to find an academic job in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe?

This is a broad question. However, I think there's more to it than meets the eye. Yes, I do speak multiple languages fluently due to my studies, but I never thought much about it until now. In America,...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

I tried asking this same question here previously but worded it poorly. Please let me know if my muddled style is unclear to anyone alongside myself. What I'm essentially asking is: all else being ...
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If I have already had a PhD in philosophy in a foreign country, can I get another PhD in theology in the US or religious studies? [duplicate]

I already have a PhD in philosophy from a foreign country. I studied political philosophy, but I became interested in Christianity and want to study more about it. Can I get another PhD in theology or ...
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Can someone become a doctor or work in health sector by completing a PhD degree in Philosophy in Medicine?

three-year Ph.D. in Philosophy, in association with Philosophy & Medicine Project If someone completes this Ph.D. degree, can he either become a doctor or work in a hospital/clinic or health ...
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A question for UK academics and students: How will UK universities respond to a professor showing controversial religious images to class?

Over a month ago, a group of Muslim parents protested for several days at Batley grammar school, in West Yorkshire, England, after a teacher at that school showed in a Religion Education class the ...
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Graduating a year early and applying to a philosophy PHD: looking for advice!

I am currently a second year student at an American mid-ranked liberal arts college, majoring in philosophy with hopes to attend a PHD program in philosophy (in the US) and become a philosophy ...
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If I have a PhD in computer science, could I contribute to philosophical outlets or would I need a philosophy PhD to do that?

In the future, I'm planning to pursue a PhD in computer science. Alongside making technical contributions to the field of computer science (artificial intelligence in particular), I'd like to give my ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 "...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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