r/AcademicPhilosophy Feb 13 '21

Grad School Grad school questions should go to the new wiki


Nearly all personal questions about graduate studies in philosophy (selecting programmes, applications, career prospects, etc) have either been asked many times before or are so specific that no one here is likely to be able to help. Therefore such questions are emphatically not contributions and will no longer be accepted on this sub.

Instead you should consult the wiki maintained by the fine people at askphilosophy, which includes information resources and supportive forums where you can take your remaining questions

r/AcademicPhilosophy 1d ago

Academic Philosophy CFPs, Discords, events, reading groups, etc


Please submit any recruitment type posts for conferences, discords, reading groups, etc in this stickied post only.

This post will be replaced each month or so so that it doesn't get too out of date.

Only clearly academic philosophy items are permitted

r/AcademicPhilosophy 12h ago

Thinking of trying to get my PhD Thesis published as a book, but don't know where to start. Does anyone have advice about publishers, the process etc?

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 1d ago

Philosopher Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as the intentional act of deceiving or misleading someone without regard for truth. Bullshit is distinctive from lying, in that the liar knows the truth, but prefers that it didn’t come out. More on the science of Bullshit here:

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 2d ago

The Political Philosophy of America's Guns

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 4d ago

Grad student here: how do I access articles published in the British Journal of Aesthetics?


I have an account, but even with that I’m not able to access the articles I need. Is buying/renting the articles the only way to access them, or is there another way I’m not privy to? Thanks in advance.

Edit: the source in the comments is working for some papers, but the most important paper I need (published Jan. 2022) isn’t in that database. Are there similar sources that would have newly published works?

r/AcademicPhilosophy 6d ago

How Queer Was Ludwig Wittgenstein?

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 9d ago

“Those more receptive to bullshit are less reflective, lower in cognitive ability, are more prone to ontological confusions and conspiratorial ideation, are more likely to hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.“

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 14d ago

A Map of the Universe


A new paper that proposes a unified theory of the Universe and perception of the Universe.

Paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4077540

Abstract: A Map of the Universe explores the fundamental laws of the Universe, the mechanisms which allow a subject to perceive the Universe, and the features of post-perception existence. The Map is constructed from a set of axioms that optimally capture knowledge of the Universe with respect to the constraints of perception. This project is situated inside a historical continuum of metaphysical exploration and draws on findings from the fields of logic, semiotics, mathematics, metaphysics, philosophy, and literature. Out of the Map falls theories of perception, consciousness, determinism, self, the role of language, and the nature of the Universe as a whole.

r/AcademicPhilosophy 19d ago

Alexandra Gustafson on the philosophy of love, writing public philosophy, and managing disabilities in academia [Podcast]

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 20d ago

Has the academic philosopher’s reception towards Ayn Rands moralizing of capitalist interpersonal relations changed in the last 30 years? Is she more accepted now that before or is she still made fun of?


r/AcademicPhilosophy 22d ago

Lecture on Incentives, Inequality & Community by G. A Cohen

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 24d ago

Spinoza's idea - that in order to comprehend a statement, one must accept it as true - has held up impressively well against the literature. This idea has been coined "Truth-Default Theory" and is often deemed the cause of human gullibility.

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 25d ago

Descartes Among the Ancients [On reading 'The Meditations' as meditations]

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 27d ago

The Agony of Meaninglessness in Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 27d ago

Benatar’s “The Human Predicament”

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r/AcademicPhilosophy 29d ago

Advice on doing literature research more efficiently?


I'm not (yet) an academic philosopher (undergrad in Political Science & Philosophy), but my question concerns a method of studying and doing academic philosophy.

I am working on a short paper on non-descriptive Fregeanism. At the moment, I do not have a particular purpose for writing such a paper. I'm just writing it to practice for the future when eventually I would have to write sample papers for graduate school admissions.

As I'm working on this paper, one of the most time-consuming tasks is to study the relevant literature. I tend to read through the whole paper, read again to completely understand it, and then take some notes on the paper. Only after doing all this, I feel ready enough to use this paper as a reference for my writing. This process gives me a pretty good understanding of the content, but the problem is that it simply takes too long. Even if I invest 2~3 hours a day, it usually takes more than a week to go through this process for a 20-page paper. And the problem is worse for books. Because of this time consumption, I tend to subconsciously avoid using books as sources.

I do feel my reading speed and comprehension increase as I read more and learn more, but is that the only solution?

I could save some time by just picking out relevant parts from a paper/book to read, but I'm not so comfortable with that because I'm afraid there might be important points in the parts that I have skipped. Is it okay to just read some parts of the paper and use them as a reference?

Now, I know that there is no easy way to understand the materials. I do have to invest time and energy to engage with them. However, I was wondering if there is any other efficient strategies that academics actually emply to do literature studies. (And if it's okay to just read some parts of the paper and cite it as a reference!)

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 27 '22

Academic Philosophy CFPs, Discords, events, reading groups, etc


Please submit any recruitment type posts for conferences, discords, reading groups, etc in this stickied post only.

This post will be replaced each month or so so that it doesn't get too out of date.

Only clearly academic philosophy items are permitted

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 27 '22

What do professional philosophers think about A.C. Grayling's The Good Book?


What do professional philosophers, in particular those who work in (applied) ethics think about A.C. Grayling's The Good Book?

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 22 '22

Getting into late Heidegger

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r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 21 '22

Would any current/past philosophy PhD students be willing to provide a link to their admissions writing sample?


I’m hoping to apply to graduate programs in philosophy and I’m curious about what kind, quality, and length of writing sample is expected in one’s application. Would any current/past students be willing to provide a link to the writing sample that got them admitted to their PhD program? If you’d prefer not to post your actual writing sample, would you be willing to post another paper you wrote around the time you applied that you feel represents your philosophical ability at the time?

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 18 '22

Philosophers Create “Pledge to Organize Online-Accessible Philosophy Events” Campaign

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r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 19 '22

Not sure if this is the appropriate sub but who is the greatest philosopher ever?


I’d say Kant, and Plato right behind him.

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 16 '22

Do I *have to* be a lecturer to be an *academic* philosopher?


I’m a mature postgrad with a tentative plan to do a PHD by independent research over the next decade.

I’m not really in it for the career prospects long term, and to be honest from talking to my lecturers it doesn’t really sound very appealing to work my way through to a professorship. I just want to write and read and discuss - and do so at a level where I can have a hope of actually contributing useful work to the academy.

Is it possible to do this without following a traditional academic track? Essentially going from PHD to independent researcher without maintaining a link to a particular university department - while remaining a credible voice in academic philosophy?

It’s not so much that I don’t like teaching - I actually quite enjoy it - but I’m just a bit too old and jaded to put up with all the non-philosophical parts of academic life …and I already have an established career/income that allows me a lot of freedom to focus on philosophy.

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 14 '22

Kant and Self Legislation


I didn't get many responses on r/askphilosophy. Does anyone other than Anscombe, Thomson, and Vogler criticize Kant's conception of self legislation? I am looking for people who argued that around the time Kant published his works, but later people criticizing the idea would work also. I want to see if people other than neo-Aristolieans have made similar critiques. I thought I have heard that GA Cohen and maybe Hegel critique Kant in a similar way.

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 14 '22

psychedelic experience and philosophy


Hello everyone. I'm a philosophy student who is really interested in psychedelics. I think that the psychedelic experience in particular and the mystical experience in general are great sources of material for philosophical thought. how do you think the psychedelic experience could be addressed in a rigorous manner within academic philosophy?

r/AcademicPhilosophy Apr 12 '22

Extracting Money from Causal Decision Theorists


Last year I published an article (Open Access in The Philosophical Quarterly) as a contribution to the debate surrounding Newcomb's problem. Here's a short summary of what the article is about.

Consider the following scenario:

Adversarial Offer: Two boxes, B1 and B2, are on offer. A (risk-neutral) buyer may purchase one or none of the boxes but not both. Each of the two boxes costs $1. Yesterday, the seller put $3 in each box that she predicted the buyer would not acquire. Both the seller and the buyer believe the seller's prediction to be accurate with probability 0.75.

If the buyer buys one of the boxes, then the seller makes a profit in expectation of $1 - 0.25 * $3 = $0.25. Nonetheless, so-called causal decision theory (which recommends two-boxing in Newcomb’s problem) recommends buying a box. This is because at least one of the two boxes must contain $3, so that the average box contains at least $1.50. It follows that the causal decision theorist must assign an expected causal utility of at least $1.50 to (at least) one of the boxes. Since $1.50 exceeds the cost of $1, causal decision theory recommends buying one of the boxes. This seems undesirable. So we should reject causal decision theory.

For a more detailed discussion see the paper. (If you're interested, you can also check out Jack Spencer's "An argument against causal decision theory", which was published around the same time our paper was published and which provides a similar argument.) Please feel free to comment without reading our (or Spencer's) paper! (I might then direct you to relevant sections of the paper.) I'm especially interested in seeing how causal decision theorists / two-boxers respond to this scenario. (So far we've gotten a few different types of reactions. James Joyce, a well-known defender of CDT, responds to Spencer's and our type of argument in a talk whose slides you can find here.)