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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“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 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 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A famous scholar sent me an unpublished draft of hers.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A famous scholar sent me an unpublished draft of hers.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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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 ...
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Why would the review system status go from “awaiting recommendation” back to “awaiting referee assignment”?

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 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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Honorific for someone who earned a PhD in philosophy itself?

I know that a PhD is now just used to mean doctorate, so what would a person who has a doctorate in philosophy be called?
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Is it unwise to get a recommendation for philosophy phd apps from a professor you had relatively early in college?

I will be applying to philosophy phd programs after completing my BA in philosophy and while completing a one year masters program (immediately after college) in philosophy. I impressed a certain ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do I need to explain or justify sources that I use to build an argument? (Academic Philosophy)

I am writing an essay to outline one of my philosophical theories. My current argument builds upon the work of others that are in the fields of neuroscience, statistics, epistemology, and ethics. If I ...
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Is a “Scientific Journal Impact Factor” of around 4 or 5 good for a philosophy journal?

I am considering (for a variety of reasons) submitting an article to a philosophy journal, which happens to have a Scientific Journal Impact Factor of 4.699. This would be my first submission. Is ...
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What weight does a visiting assistant professorship in a different field carry in tenure track faculty applications?

I am finishing my PhD next month in Philosophy. I've been offered a Visiting Assistant Professorship (VAP) in Mathematics at a very good (nationally recognized) Small Liberal Arts College (SLAC). I ...
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Switching to philosophy after a PhD in mathematics

I'm currently finishing a PhD in mathematics from a university in Europe ranked top 10 in the world. I've always been torn between philosophy and mathematics, and I'd like to give philosophy a chance (...
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How to define the scope of exploratory research?

Before asking, it's probably better that I give some background first. I do research on thin films for solar energy applications. A part of that job is to search for new materials that may be suitable ...
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Changing field from Computer Science to Philosophy

I am a Computer Science graduate and I have been realising that my true passion lies in Philosophy, as for the past 5 or 6 years (I am 26) I have been constantly asking questions about life, ...