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Kenny Easwaran

My impression is that math departments ceded logic to philosophy and computer science decades ago. If philosophy is following suit, that will leave only computer science (where it is at best a tiny niche in a huge discipline, though that tiny niche might be quite big compared to smaller disciplines like math and philosophy).


Re: "I was amazed to see no hiring in history of analytical philosophy." I have the impression that most advisors tell their Ph.D. students that listing your AOS as "History of Analytic" will hurt your job prospects. So candidates are supposed to instead say something like "AOS: Philosophy of Language, History of Analytic."

I hadn't really thought about this before (since I was focused primarily on my own survival), but this seems like it might be a Catch-22 for History of Analytic really coming into its own as an independent sub-discipline: So long as departments can get historians of analytic who are ALSO metaphysicians, or ALSO epistemologists, or ... then departments will (almost) never have a need to search for a historian of analytic, even if that department feels the area needs to be covered by someone on their faculty (a big 'if').


Very interesting. It is hard to read off information about experimental philosophy jobs from "AOS needed" data, since it is more a method than an area. There was a blog post from last year that listed the philosophers who do x-phi and where they got hired. I see at least 6 that got Tenure Track jobs and many others got postdocs.


here's the link



Now 10 years old (perhaps time for a followup) but back then I concluded that perhaps the reports of the death of logic in philosophy have been exaggerated:


Philosophy departments may not advertise jobs with AOS logic, but that doesn't mean that they don't hire logicians.

Eric Schliesser

Yes, as I noted in the post (in commenting on the fate of X-PHI)--folk can be hired in one area of specialization while also easily fitting in a differently labeled area of specialization. But if folk working in Y systematically have to be hired 'under cover' of something else (X), then the long-term fate of Y will come under systematic pressure.

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