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Philosophy 2010

This is for anyone applying to Philosophy graduate programs during the 2009-2010 academic year. Please share acceptances, rejections, wait-list notifications, and so on.

Best of luck to everyone applying!
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It's decision day for me!! I just got accepted at U of Memphis AND Purdue! Woo Hoo!!!! (posted both on Grad Cafe) U of M will fly me out for a visit, Purdue not so much - but I'm gonna have to check out their campus anyway I think.
These are my FIRST straight up acceptances - I am no longer a REJECT! Whew! And I'm going to grad school! How freaking cool is that?!?
I know how you're feeling :). There was a lag between my first acceptance and my top choice accepting me, but still, after that first choice:

(1) I'm going to be a PhD student next year!
(2) I don't suck!!
(3) I'm going to be a PhD student next year!!!

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February 24 2010, 21:37:24 UTC 7 years ago

What's wrong with the universities! I'm serious. If you're rejecting, reject; if you're accepting, accept. Send the F***** e-mails!!!

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February 24 2010, 22:00:38 UTC 7 years ago

Agreed. I haven't been 'rejected' from Irvine - LPS, Cornell, or Yale, but I have been. I wish they'd just say so.

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February 24 2010, 22:01:46 UTC 7 years ago

Hello! You are clearly my superior - since we both got accepted at Purdue, but your offer came first, and with funding. Nicely done!! Are you planning on going to Purdue? I've not decided yet, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the strengths / weaknesses of the program, if you are so inclined as to share. Thanks!
Hi fellow Purdue admit,

First and foremost, I sure hope that academic superiority isn't decided by the whims and fancies of admissions committees (for your sake and mine)!

As far as the strengths and weaknesses of the program are concerned, I guess that depends on one's interests? The question mark is intended to convey my uncertainty, and not part of the reason for why I scored so poorly on the AWA portion of the GRE!

Here is my take on the weaknesses of the program... but of course I'd love to here what other people think.

Despite the (not entirely off base) assumption made by one of the posters in one of the Purdue related threads, it is not the case that I applied to Purdue because I am interested in continental philosophy. I have zero background and zero interest in continentally stuff. (Don't get me wrong... I'm not hating on the continental contingent.) Even though the program does fit my interests and there are many people there whose work I find very interesting and who I would be interested in working with, it can't be denied that Purdue is known as a continental program. I'm thinking that, for techie-analytic types like myself, this might be an undesirable feature of a program. Comments?

That Purdue has a continental reputation, though, does not concern me as much as its PGR unranked status. Purdue appears to have a solid, thriving program and it is unfortunate (again, don't get me wrong... I'm not hating on the PGR either) that PGR rank (or lack thereof) counts for so much. But, as my favorite vacuous saying goes, it is what it is.

Here is my take on the strengths of the program: I guess that depends on one's interests. (Full stop.)

Last but not least, am I planning on going to Purdue? Like I said before, it's still early in the game! Like most of the nervous wretches fearing for the future of their academic careers who compulsively peruse and post in this forum (seriously guys... I cleared my inbox before bed and when I woke up this morning I had 106 new comments to read), I still have fist fulls of applications that I haven't heard a peep about.


Okay, I need to do something productive now. Good luck y'all.

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I haven´t heard anything from Arizona nor Yale. But I've seen that a lot of acceptances, rejections and waitlists have been out. Should I contect them? Do they even get my applications?
Yale rejections haven't gone out yet, but if you haven't heard anything you're most likely (like me) rejected.

However, I had to email Arizona to get them to tell me that I was waitlisted. You might be in the same boat.

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Anyone apply to this program in particular? If so, have you heard anything back?

It seems, according to TGC, that their acceptances come after the regular Philosophy PhD acceptances go out. Just wondering if anyone else heard what the word is here (besides that the bird is the word, obviously).
I haven't heard back from the Phil-Lit program at all. I've been checking the website, my e-mail, and my phone like crazy, but it's been all quiet on my end.

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Suppose you want to do analytic metaphysics and philosophical logic (or philosophy of logic).......

Which option would you affirm:

(a) Rutgers > NYU
(b) NYU > Rutgers
(c) No real discernible difference
(d) Go somewhere else

Thanks all.
I would make both faculties engage in a mud-wrestle melee, and the winning one could keep me.

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Got the dreaded thinvelope from U Chicago today, dated Feb 22nd. No indication of how many apps received or offers made.
expecting my very own soon.

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How many others are waiting with baited breath right now? They seem to have made their acceptances and such around this time in the previous years.
*bated

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Ditto
Anyone else interested in medieval or Christian philosophy? If so, where are you applying?

Notre Dame
Cornell
St Louis
Toronto

These are obvious top picks. Are there any others?
Medieval wasn't my primary AOI when I applied (and it still isn't) but I've developed more of an interest in it lately, so I might try to develop it as a secondary-something (I'm in at Toronto).

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I'm going to be an applicant in the next cycle, but I already have a pretty clear idea of what my app is going to look like. It'd be much appreciated if those with the wisdom of experience could give it a once-over and post any suggestions they may have. :)

U/G: BA in Philosophy and Mathematics from Toronto, with a year at UCLA

GPA: ~3.90 (my results at UCLA, however, weren't great (~3.70), but I'll try to explain this in my PS)

GREs: 750 V, 800 Q, 5.0 AW (I'm guessing here; I have done very well on standardised tests in the past, so I hopefully I'm not too far off!)

Interests: I'm a LEMMing for the most part

Letters: 3 from full professors (1 of those from UCLA), with 1 from an assistant prof who knows me more personally - I'm not sure if these will *fantastic* (I haven't interacted with 2 of the profs much outside of class), but I hope they'll be good enough

Sample: A novel argument about the metaphysics of properties, with some applications in the philosophies of mind and physics

Extras: None; sadly, I haven't attempted to publish anything in U/G journals or present at any conferences (I might try to change this between now and Dec)

Schools:
Oxford (BPhil)
Princeton
MIT
NYU
Berkeley
ANU
Cornell
Rutgers
UNC
Stanford
Pitt (maybe HPS, maybe not)
Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wisconsin, Madison
UC San Diego
Tufts (MA)

(As you can tell, I don't want to stay in Canada!) Basically, I'm worried that great, highly selective schools like UCSD and Madison are going to be my safeties - if anyone can recommend any good, 'safe' programs that I've missed, please do so.

For the most part, what I'm keen to hear is whether my choice of schools is too ambitious or not, and what are the best things for me to do before I need to submit my app. Many thanks in advance. :D
-No program is totally safe- I've been rejected by my safeties and accepted by my reaches. But anyways, some lower rank ones for you to think about: OSU, Indiana, WashU, UConn.

-3.7 gpa is fine and not worth an SOP explainer.

-You've got a lot of time between now and December to harass your profs in office hours so they know you and know you're smart- do it!

-UCSD has a thing on their website saying it's hard for them to accept internationals (which makes this problematic as a safety).

-ANU has funky application deadlines, I think.

- I'd love to ask you some UofT questions. You can reach me at cog.applicant at gmail dot com.

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Does anyone else feel that places like NYU and Rutgers simply turn out clones more fit to wank each other at a conference than to be individual, critical, and highly original philosophers who make a difference in places other than journals no one but their peers read?


Why is it just a given fact about the world that we have to work on the abstruse and pedantic questions handed down to us by our elders. Come on, youth... it's our moment starting now. Can't we seize it?

I believe the *controversial* postmodern aestheticist Mugatu expressed my sentiment better than I ever could ... "DOESN'T ANYONE NOTICE THIS?! I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS!!"
"Why is it just a given fact about the world that we have to work on the abstruse and pedantic questions handed down to us by our elders."

Uh. Most of the problems we work with are not passed down to us by our 'elders', but in fact their elder's elder's elder's elder's... you get the picture. We work with them not because they are passed down, but because they are interesting and difficult. If you want to work on something different, apply to an appropriate department or program.

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Does anyone know how many applications they received at University of South Florida and how many were accepted? How many got funding? Thanks
I don't, but I do know that I got waitlisted there last year and apparently rejected this year.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Prof. Samuel C Wheeler III.
He is very kind and warm-hearted.
My funding is a Fulbright Scholarship for the first two years, and a GTAship for the rest of years.
So fantastic!
Congrats!

One point you may already be aware of: I believe they are losing Wall to Arizona. That might be of concern to you if you are into political.

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Damn it. At some point during a long night, my phone got soaking wet and won't turn on. It is already shitty waiting and waiting to not receive a call; now, I won't even know I didn't receive it. Double reverse false hope, I'm calling it.
How on earth did your phone get soaking wet? I'm not sure I want to know.

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What schools will we hear from today?
Nothing...They are extremely slow this year. I do not think that we will know much by 3/15.

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I do think we might get a wave of rejections this week and next (from schools that have already sent out acceptances and notified wait-listers). But, yeah, otherwise we probably won't hear a peep until mid-march (this is more or less in line with patterns of previous years).
Anyone in possession of helpful information?
Yes, I do. That idiotic Wolverine-Friendster-UofM-5 time Authentication-oh, but also you need 3 different passwords and 4 separate emails to login-waste of my time for a Website has been enough to deter me from giving a shit about my application status. This, in turn, has saved me time and anxiety.

UNC

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February 25 2010, 17:37:34 UTC 7 years ago

...what's going on? there's another waitlist up. I still haven't heard a peep.
... is me! I spoke with Mary Beth Mader on the phone today after playing phone tag for a couple of days. Hope to be able to visit!
Yay! Congrats, nothing like a little good news to start the day!

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UIC

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February 25 2010, 18:54:16 UTC 7 years ago

I've been emailing departments all week and most have been stingy with their information. I did get this reply from UIC earlier today, though:

"We are still in the process of reviewing applications. We appreciate your interest in the program and will let you know as soon as possible the results of our deliberations.You can expect to hear from us by mid-March."

Hope this helps. Will post anything else I hear.

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February 25 2010, 19:42:04 UTC 7 years ago

Thank you. you're so nice.

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February 25 2010, 19:30:47 UTC 7 years ago

Original poster asks: "What difference has Frege made anywhere outside of high analytic philosophy?" Apparently s/he thinks the answer is "none". That answer is so laughably ignorant, so utterly misguided, that it makes a mockery of his/her post (which was already pretty ridiculous).

Hint: go into the mathematics department at your university, and ask any professor: what impact did Frege have on mathematics in the 20th century? The answer, by the way, is: Frege's work was enormously important for the development of mathematics as we know it today. (Remember first-order logic? Set theory?)

Saying that Frege's work only influenced analytic philosophers is about on par with saying that Descartes' work only influenced philosophers. Both claims evince ignorance beyond belief.

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February 25 2010, 19:45:34 UTC 7 years ago

THANK YOU. Seriously. The Foundations of Arithmetic is KINDA important and will totally remain important for a very, very long time. Even if we stop talking about this theory of reference, the logic we know and love today was birthed from Frege... KINDA IMPORTANT.

So, thank you person that posted the above comment.

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If one still has not received a rejection (or acceptance) from the U of C, is it possible that he/she is being considered for MAPH? I wish there had been some way to opt out of consideration for it on the application... I would email them, but they say specifically on their website not to contact them regarding grad admissions "in February." Bastards.
I'm in a similar place. Even though we haven't received official rejections yet, I'm sure that they're in transit.

Let's take an online consolation shot together. Cheers! To quote my favorite band, The Lawrence Arms, "Bottles up and spirits down."

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CUNY?

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February 25 2010, 20:53:31 UTC 7 years ago

CUNY Post on TGC. Anybody want to claim it? with details perhaps...?
That's me. Funded with $18k/yr Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship (a little work for the first year, teaching for 3 years, writing fellowship for fifth year).

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the rejections are now available to see online through the Novalis portal at VUs website. I noticed a TGC post about it, and checked mine. "Applicant Denied." First official rejection for me, although I'm pretty sure I'm rejected from 3 other places, as well.