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Climate at UT Austin grad program?

Roman

13 day(s) ago

There are rumors flying around about the grad program at UT having a bad climate and/or somehow being hostile. Does anyone know anything about this?

Andy

13 day(s) ago

There were definitely poop particles flying around. That's for sure

Raymond

13 day(s) ago

Apart from Tye being a creep?

Gilbert

13 day(s) ago

Tye stories have been circulating for years...

Gustav

13 day(s) ago

His enmity with Tye is the reason Leiter started talking about sexual harassment as a problem in philosophy way back then.

Shang

12 day(s) ago

His enmity with Tye is the reason Leiter started talking about sexual harassment as a problem in philosophy way back then.

Gustav

That fat fuck always has an angle.

Christoph

12 day(s) ago

Then there's Hankinson, who's written rape-fantasy erotica under a pen name. Can't imagine how that might affect the climate...

Mario

12 day(s) ago

Then there's Hankinson, who's written rape-fantasy erotica under a pen name. Can't imagine how that might affect the climate...

Christoph

Probably wouldn't if people didn't go around exposing him and talking about it.

Edgar

12 day(s) ago

I heard about some golden shower orgies in grad seminars there...

Nicolaus

12 day(s) ago

Grad at UT here. I'm not aware of any ongoing issues on the faculty side of things. There is Tye's history, which the department (I understand) changed some policies to discourage. The faculty are overwhelmingly supportive and friendly. The only thing I can think of as a "climate issue" is that there is a minority of grad students that are chronically dissatisfied with how things are going in the department, and whose vitriolic rhetoric can polarize issues quickly.

Mario

12 day(s) ago

Grad at UT here. I'm not aware of any ongoing issues on the faculty side of things. There is Tye's history, which the department (I understand) changed some policies to discourage. The faculty are overwhelmingly supportive and friendly. The only thing I can think of as a "climate issue" is that there is a minority of grad students that are chronically dissatisfied with how things are going in the department, and whose vitriolic rhetoric can polarize issues quickly.

Nicolaus

Story of every grad program in every department. A lot of grads have made a career out of being permanently aggrieved.

Friedrich

12 day(s) ago

Nicolaus - hello, M. Tye!

Jose

12 day(s) ago

Every single time someone is criticized in one of these threads (let's call him/her 'X'), someone else comes on and gives another point of view, or defends X. And then someone who thinks they are OH SO CLEVER comes on and says, "Hi X." Oh, I get it; the person defending X is actually X!!! Man you guys should write for Jimmy Kimmel.

Kit

12 day(s) ago

Well, how often do you see philosophers defending other philosophers as opposed to defending themselves?

Nicolaus

12 day(s) ago

(Just to be clear, I wasn't trying to defend Tye. My point was, other than the things that have happened with him in the past--which have been stopped by the department--I'm not aware of much else negative on the faculty side of things, but I do know that most faculty are really supportive.)

Clarence

12 day(s) ago

Grad at UT here. I'm not aware of any ongoing issues on the faculty side of things. There is Tye's history, which the department (I understand) changed some policies to discourage. The faculty are overwhelmingly supportive and friendly. The only thing I can think of as a "climate issue" is that there is a minority of grad students that are chronically dissatisfied with how things are going in the department, and whose vitriolic rhetoric can polarize issues quickly.

Nicolaus

Yes Nicolaus I am sure it can be nice to be a man at UT.

Kit

12 day(s) ago

There is a man at UT Austin? Where?

Fred

12 day(s) ago

Hi Jimmy!

Every single time someone is criticized in one of these threads (let's call him/her 'X'), someone else comes on and gives another point of view, or defends X. And then someone who thinks they are OH SO CLEVER comes on and says, "Hi X." Oh, I get it; the person defending X is actually X!!! Man you guys should write for Jimmy Kimmel.

Jose

Yehuda

12 day(s) ago

Grad at UT here. I'm not aware of any ongoing issues on the faculty side of things. There is Tye's history, which the department (I understand) changed some policies to discourage. The faculty are overwhelmingly supportive and friendly. The only thing I can think of as a "climate issue" is that there is a minority of grad students that are chronically dissatisfied with how things are going in the department, and whose vitriolic rhetoric can polarize issues quickly.

Nicolaus

Yes Nicolaus I am sure it can be nice to be a man at UT.

Clarence

Vitriolic rhetoric, you say?

Huang

10 day(s) ago

Well, how often do you see philosophers defending other philosophers as opposed to defending themselves?

Kit

Great question. No idea how to establish frequencies here. I've defended people here who aren't me and criticised people here who do things similar to things that I've done.

Curt

5 day(s) ago

Also a grad at UT here. I do not disagree with what the other UT grad above said about the faculty side of things, but I do disagree with the last sentence of their first post. It is a dismissive remark that paints all complaints with the same brush, though there are legitimate complaints to be made about department culture. On the grad student side of things the department culture at UT has problems, and the complaints need to be engaged with on the merits instead of being uselessly dismissed. Also, by 'chronically dissatisfied' I assume you mean 'unjustifiably dissatisfied': if the problems are chronic, then chronic dissatisfaction may be a correct response.

Simone

5 day(s) ago

Rimming the faculty is not legal in the great state of Texas! It does not matter with what kind of brush!

Also a grad at UT here. I do not disagree with what the other UT grad above said about the faculty side of things, but I do disagree with the last sentence of their first post. It is a dismissive remark that paints all complaints with the same brush, though there are legitimate complaints to be made about department culture. On the grad student side of things the department culture at UT has problems, and the complaints need to be engaged with on the merits instead of being uselessly dismissed. Also, by 'chronically dissatisfied' I assume you mean 'unjustifiably dissatisfied': if the problems are chronic, then chronic dissatisfaction may be a correct response.

Curt



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