Wednesday, October 10, 2007

And so it begins.

The new JFP has been posted online. Well, actually it hasn't been officially posted yet--there's no official link to it on the APA's webpage--but for those enterprising aspiring job candidates who are tricksy enough to look at old JFPs and figure out the super-secret pattern to the URLs, it's there for the finding. (Hint: change the edition number in the URL from 174 to 175. You're welcome, young paduan.)

(In any case, the official link is supposed to be going up today. And the hardcopies are probably already in the mail.)

An early bit of optimism: there are almost exactly as many jobs as last year. The doomsayers who've been predicting a crash in the job market--i.e., a big downturn in the number of available jobs--have been proven wrong for another year. Phew. Thank fucking god. I'm gonna need all the help I can get.


Anonymous said...

Nice trick. Where did you learn that?

-- A Guy with Tenure

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing induction.

Himself said...

This is the oldest trick in ye book.

There do seem to be about as many jobs this year as last, and also seem to be about the same distribution as to AOS/AOC.

On a side note, I notice a number of places ask for an AOS in 'Modern Philosophy' - not one of the APA's AOS options. I can't decide whether this means 'Open, but not Ancient Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy' or 'History of Modern Philosophy'. Indeed, one place just says 'AOS: Modern'.

Sisyphus said...

Good luck!

Remus lupin, abd said...

There are actually more jobs than last year, if you look at the supplement (additions and web-only ads). The number, dear my friend, is 471. Last year's mark, even at October 27, was 410. Wooooooo!

Anonymous said...

Not to expose my ignorance, but where does the APA list AOS options?

Also, not to rain on any parades, but I assume people have been reading the comments over at Leiter's blog about the JFP. I have to agree about some of the listings - 10 devoted to adjuncts at Marist College? Bah, humbug.

recent hire said...

I can't decide whether this means 'Open, but not Ancient Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy' or 'History of Modern Philosophy'. Indeed, one place just says 'AOS: Modern'.

I'd instantly assume that this means History of Modern.

Himself said...

The APA lists AOC/AOS options here. I must say that 'History of Modern Philosophy' is not on there, and is to my mind fairly obfuscatory.

In my experience, obfuscatory titles in philosophy hide the prejudices of analytical philosophy. On this basis, I would take 'Modern Philosophy' here to mean Rationalists, Empiricists, Kant, and the analytical tradition from Frege/Russell to present. But as I say, I don't know this. For all I know, they don't care what you know as long as it's something from Descartes onwards. Clearly to specialise in the entire area of post-Cartesian Western philosophy is impossible.

recent hire said...

OK, perhaps I was a little obfuscatory. When I see "Modern" in a job listing I assume it means Descartes to Kant -- incl. Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Berkeley, those types. In practice that means you can teach a survey course covering all these people and specialist courses in a couple of them. Frege/Russell onwards is what I'd expect to be covered by "History of Analytic Philosophy." Fichte/Hegel would be "19th Century Philosophy."

I don't apply for any of these jobs, though, so YMMV.

Himself said...

I accept that that's a possible interpretation, but that would be early modern, technically speaking. I think it's incredibly perverse and indeed therefore somewhat misleading to apply the word 'modern' to mean 'stuff that happened between four and two hundred years ago'.

Certainly I'm not applying for these jobs on the basis that whatever they're implying, it's not me, unless, as I said, they really mean 'open but not ancient or medieval', but applying for open positions where you don't fit some or other specific criterion is a waste of postage.