Dear Hartmann Report Reader:
Before I send you off to an up-to-date ranking of graduate programs that
treats Continental and American programs, let me offer you some advice:
If you are thinking of getting a PhD and trying to be an academic
- The job market is abysmal and it will not get better. Chances are that -
unless you hit the lottery by going to a top tier school and surviving the
Hunger Games that are job-hunting / VAPing / landing a TT job - you're going
to be an academic migrant, moving from place to place, adjuncting gig to
- Seriously. Don't do it. I'm watching brilliant friends of mine toil away
with 5/5 loads (or worse). I'm watching them struggle each year to obtain
employment. It's a precarious existence. You don't want it.
- If you must - if you absolutely cannot imagine life without philosophy -
(1) don't go into debt to get your degree, as you'll never be able to pay it
back, and (2) make yourself dead inside when thinking about your future. You
cannot expect to get a tenure track job in philosophy. Your professors
aren't retiring, and when they do, their lines will be turned into adjunct
lines. Put your head down, do your work, publish your ass off, and know that
even then, even if you do everything right, things might still go wrong.
There is nothing finer than living the life of the mind, nothing more important to the future of our Republic. There is no nobler
profession than that of teacher. But until there are structural changes to our
economy and to the academy, you cannot expect to make a living as a philosopher.
Lead a philosophical life and read philosophical works while you do something
else. Your wallet and your future will thank you for this choice.
Still want to go to grad school in philosophy?
Ok. Here's where you begin.
The Pluralists Guide
September 25, 2014