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Discussion of the distribution of AOSs in the market

Stephan

66 day(s) ago

Are we reaching the point where folks will just be open about their view that other sub-areas of philosophy are garbage? That's always been subtext, but collegiality has some benefits. What a joy it would be to have "Amanda" in your department.

Ted

66 day(s) ago

I recently had to review a lot of CVs of recent PhD candidates for a highly competitive "open" post-doc position. Nearly everyone who applied was doing something in metaphysics, logic or language for their PhD, at top schools. Also, nearly everyone claimed to have a side project on how their work related to more "practical" topics. Every single one of these "practical" projects was on race or gender. I found this a bit strange. I mean, there are all sorts of reasons to think it's good and important that people working in abstract, theoretical philosophy should contribute to more applied topics. But what seems to have happened is that there is a mini-industry on topics like the semantics of slurs, while other important topics, say philosophy of education or even bio-ethics, are completely ignored. I think it's great that young epistemologists have side-projects on, say, epistemic injustice in the penal system, but it's odd that other, equally interesting and relevant topics, say the epistemology of anti-vaxxers, are simply ignored.

Ann

66 day(s) ago

I recently had to review a lot of CVs of recent PhD candidates for a highly competitive "open" post-doc position. Nearly everyone who applied was doing something in metaphysics, logic or language for their PhD, at top schools. Also, nearly everyone claimed to have a side project on how their work related to more "practical" topics. Every single one of these "practical" projects was on race or gender. I found this a bit strange. I mean, there are all sorts of reasons to think it's good and important that people working in abstract, theoretical philosophy should contribute to more applied topics. But what seems to have happened is that there is a mini-industry on topics like the semantics of slurs, while other important topics, say philosophy of education or even bio-ethics, are completely ignored. I think it's great that young epistemologists have side-projects on, say, epistemic injustice in the penal system, but it's odd that other, equally interesting and relevant topics, say the epistemology of anti-vaxxers, are simply ignored.

Ted

How many candidates did apply?

Paul

66 day(s) ago

I recently had to review a lot of CVs of recent PhD candidates for a highly competitive "open" post-doc position. Nearly everyone who applied was doing something in metaphysics, logic or language for their PhD, at top schools. Also, nearly everyone claimed to have a side project on how their work related to more "practical" topics. Every single one of these "practical" projects was on race or gender. I found this a bit strange. I mean, there are all sorts of reasons to think it's good and important that people working in abstract, theoretical philosophy should contribute to more applied topics. But what seems to have happened is that there is a mini-industry on topics like the semantics of slurs, while other important topics, say philosophy of education or even bio-ethics, are completely ignored. I think it's great that young epistemologists have side-projects on, say, epistemic injustice in the penal system, but it's odd that other, equally interesting and relevant topics, say the epistemology of anti-vaxxers, are simply ignored.

Ted

It's not really "odd" -- candidates are clearly reacting to their best guess of what's in demand. How many people have you seen getting top jobs recently who work on the epistemology of anti-vaxxers vs those who work on race and gender?

Philip

65 day(s) ago

How do we get organized? Is it enough if we do everything in our power to stop SJW hires, bullshit area hires, and diversity hires in our departments?

Can we organize to take back the APA and other national organizations?

Philip

65 day(s) ago

This looks like a time when senior, respected members of the profession can do humanity one last service by delaying their retirements for a few years, while we fight the pseudo-philosophers and their enablers.

Raya

65 day(s) ago

Unfortunately many of those senior, respected members of the profession are among the enablers.

Anne

64 day(s) ago

Unfortunately many of those senior, respected members of the profession are among the enablers.

Raya

Indeed. It gives them a warm and fuzzy feeling, doesn't cost them anything, and helps them assuage their guilt for their privilege. We need to identify a few senior figures who are ready to start the fightback. Then the rank an file can join in.

Helen

64 day(s) ago

Jobs, jobs, jobs. The career is this society's God.

Why, then, are we surprised that the careerist mentality is leading to the death of "professional" philosophy? It was only a matter of time...



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