Soon, 2017

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This is a placeholder post to get a second post on the blog so that inter-post linking can be tested. Which is actually pretty unnecessary because the linking is all manual because I was too lazy to automate it, but it will be easier to post the second post once there's already a template. And now I'm just writing things to make this post longer. Sheep on the desk, sheepy sheepy sheep. What a lot of dust that the sheep is sheeping its way through. Sheepduster. Deep shuster

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June 18, 2017

Philosophy: What am I doing with my life?

Probably the most common piece of advice I saw when I was deciding whether to pursue a PhD in philosophy was “don’t.” Data from PhilJobs suggests that the chances of finding a tenure-track academic position after graduating have steadily declined over the past decade from pretty good to about fifty-fifty, and conventional wisdom - certainly that of concerned relatives - held that there was little else a philosophy graduate could reasonably hope to do. More distressingly, career planning site 80,000 Hours tells me that “almost all professional philosophers who have written publicly on this topic advise against aiming to become a philosopher as a career, unless ‘there is nothing else you can imagine doing’.” Given how many times I had made up my mind not to apply, it seems I could at least imagine doing something else. I have just finished the first year of my philosophy PhD program. The consensus of smart and sensible people is that I have made a big, stupid mistake.

How did it come to this? I certainly didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a philosopher – the word had always struck me as not a job title but as an honorific...

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