Resources for Students

 

Compiled with help by John Gabriel and James Virtel

 

How to Write a Philosophy Paper

 

Useful web tutorials on writing philosophy papers. 

 

Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper by Jim Pryor (2006)

A Brief Guide to Writing Philosophy Papers by Richard Field

Tips on Writing a Philosophy Paper by Douglas W. Portmore (2006)

Writing a Philosophy Paper by Peter Horban (1993)

How to Write a Philosophy Paper by Jeff McLaughlin

Developing a Writing Style by Peter Smith (2000)

Writing Philosophy by Peter Lipton (2007)

 

How to Study and Keep a Reading Notebook

 

Each person studies differently.  But there are some worthwhile strategies that most successful students use. 

 

How to Study by William J. Rapaport (Updated 2010)

Keeping a Reading Notebook by William J. Rapaport (Updated 2010)

Questions to Consider When Making Reading Notebook Entries from Northern Illinois University (1997)

 

 

How to Use Faculty Feedback

 

Recommendations on using faculty to your advantage when working on a paper or dissertation.

 

How to Improve Your Paper by Judicious Use of Faculty by Gualtiero Piccinini (2006)

How to Get Faculty Feedback on Your Work While in Graduate School by Gualtiero Piccinini (with comments by others) (2006)

 

How to Apply to Graduate School

 

Information on whether, how, and where to apply to graduate programs in philosophy.

 

Applying to Graduate Schools from the Philosophical Gourmet Report (Updated 2009)

Should I Apply to Graduate School? from the University of Alberta (2002)

Should I Become a Professional Philosopher? by Berit Brogaard (with comments by others) (2007)

Should You Go to Grad School? by John Symons (2007)

The Overall Ranking of Graduate Programs in Philosophy in the English-Speaking World, the Philosophical Gourmet Report

What You Can Learn by Visiting Departments from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

PhD Admissions (Again): Information Sought on the Season Just Concluded from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

Advice on “Personal Statements” for PhD Admissions from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

Other Resources for Applying to Graduate School from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

Advice for Graduates about Strengthening Their Applications to Grad Programs from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2008)

The Role of the GRE in Admissions from Leiter Reports (2011)

Know Yourself and What Doctoral Study Entails

The Philosophy Smoker

Graduates by School at the Top 20 Departments from Leiter Reports (2011)

 

Philosophy Journals

 

Information on the best journals and their editorial practices.

 

Philosophy Journals:  Which Ones are Responsible, Which Ones Not?  from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2004)

An Informal Ranking of Journals that Publish in Philosophy of Mind by Gualtiero Piccinini (2006)

Journal Surveys by Andrew Cullison (2009)

The Best Philosophy Journals by Berit Brogaard (2007)

Philosophy Journals by Gualtiero Piccinini (2006)

Which Journals Publish “Discussion Notes”? from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

Journals Survey by Brian Weatherson (2004)

Best Philosophy Journals by Marc Colyvan (2007)

Which are the highest quality “general” philosophy journals in English? from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2009)

 

Whether and How to Publish Your Work

 

Some tips on publishing your work in philosophy journals.

 

Publish or Perish? by Alex Morgan (with comments by others) (2007)

Graduate Student Publishing by Gualtiero Piccinini (with comments by others) (2006)

Getting Published by Peter Smith (2000)

On Avoiding Rejection by Journals by Nancy D. Simco

The Postgraduate’s Guide to Getting Published by Thom Brooks (2003)

Visibility in Philosophy by Vincent F. Hendricks (Powerpoint)

How to Win Friends and Influence Philosophers by Carrie Jenkins (response to Hendricks’ Powerpoint) (2008)

Advice to Philosophy Graduate Students about Publishing from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2004)

A “Guide” for Graduate Students about Publishing from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2006)

Publishing Your Philosophy by Neil McKinnon

Short Articles by Brian Weatherson (2007)

 

How to Get a Job in Philosophy

 

Advice for philosophy job seekers:  General information and observations on applying for philosophy jobs.

 

Getting a Job in Philosophy and Getting a Job in the USA from the Australian National University

On the Philosophy Job Market, by Gualtiero Piccinini (with comments by others) (2006)

More on the Philosophy Job Market, by Gualtiero Piccinini (with comments by others) (2006)

New Comment on the Philosophy Job Market, Anonymous (with comments by others) (2006)

Advice for Academic Job Seekers from Leiter Reports (2010)

Can a Candidate with a non-English Ph.D. from a Job in the U.S.? by Gualtiero Piccinini (2006)

…Look at Me, I’m on the Way to the Promised Land by Jon Cogburn (2007)

Evaluating Teaching Credentials by Michael Cholbi (2007)

How Do Departments Decide Whom to Interview at the APA? from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2007)

Thinking About Graduate School in Philosophy? from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2008)

Job Seekers Advice by Brian Weatherson (2005)

Placement Advice from the University of California-Irvine’s Logic and Philosophy of Science Department

Philosophy Publications and Hiring Practices from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2004)

Hiring Practices at Less “Elite” Universities from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2005)

Reasons for Non-Selection of Job Candidates by Berit Brogaard (2007)

Information about the UK Job Market by Robert Williams (2007)

Getting a Job in Philosophy: A Guide for Graduate Students by Brian Keeley

The Early Career Job Market: Information and Advice for Australian Philosophers by Marc Colyvan (2007)

Placement Information That May Be of Interest to Philosophy Students by Scott R. Stroud

Placement Guide from Duke University’s Philosophy Department

How to Best Prepare for Job Interviews at Schools with a Primary Emphasis on Teaching from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2008)

Placement Information by James Beebe

Writing Samples in Job Applications: How Long? from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2008)

Academic Job Market Wiki

Alternative Options and "Back-Up Plans" for Philosophy PhD Students Facing a Very Bad Job Market from Leiter Reports (with comments by others) (2010)

 

Other Lists of Useful Links:

 

Advice for Wannabe Philosophers by Aidan McGlynn