Long story short, I could never attend higher education, and now, later in life, I would love to be with people 100x smarter than me that take a scientific approach to discussions. Professors seem like good candidates. My girlfriend recently finished her PhD(albeit in a different field than I’m interested in) and interacting with her professors and advisors felt like such a stimulating environment. I would absolutely love to find myself in such an environment.

My question is: I want to contact professors, perhaps attend lectures, and I’d REALLY like to eventually try and develop some sort of mentorship, but I’m completely outside academia. Is this absolutely impossible? Studying is a bit complicated, as my level of the local language is A2, and I need B2 to enrol in a bachelor’s, so I’d only be able to attend lectures from Master’s level and upwards, which are taught in English.

The topics are psychology/political science/philosophy/neuroscience.

Any tips?

I am currently pursuing PhD in CS from the U.K. I have been seriously considering taking 3-4 months off from my PhD to study philosophy and psychology. Since PhD programme in the U.K is only 3 years, I find it hard to study these subjects along with doing my research. There have been several instances that have made me felt that I lack deeper thinking of concepts, and I very much would like to do have a framework to think about the world around me. Thus, I had been thinking to take a gap and read some books on it or take some courses at my university. If I do that, I will need to be off from my scholarship for that period of time. Are there such grants for science PhDs to read philosophy/pscyhology for 3-4 months?

If one claims to have a PhD without an issuing institution, can that title be defended as legitimate?

This issue could be relevant in issues of employment (where an applicant has listed a PhD) and to challenge PhDs to defend their position amidst a culture that is completely awash in illegitimate philosophy on what makes a legitimate PhD.

I am writing here in hopes of obtaining good recommendations. I obtained a BSc in honors astrophysics in 2016 and after a lot of soul searching, came to realize that my real passion lies in the philosophical foundations of physics. My plan is to obtain a Masters in the philosophy of physics before moving on to a PhD in the theoretical foundations of physics. I already applied to the MSt program offered by Oxford and have two more choices I am currently applying for as well, but I have been told that I should apply to ~6-7 universities to be on the safe side.

These are the programs I am applying to so far:

  • MSt in Philosophy of Physics, Oxford University
  • MA in Philosophy of Physics, University of Bristol
  • MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximillian Universitat

I would very much appreciate it if somebody here could point me to similar programs. Because my end-goal is to go into theoretical physics proper, I am looking for a Masters program with a strong emphasis on the mathematical foundations of physics. This means that I am considering programs that don’t have the words “philosophy of physics” explicitly in their title provided that the faculty is strong enough in mathematics or physics. I am particularly enthused by the “mathematical philosophy” approach of the group at LMU and would like to learn about similar programs.

I am not interested in applying to institutions in the U.S, so I am placing most of my emphasis in UK, German, or other European institutions. Thanks a lot for your help!

I am currently studying for a B.A in Philosophy and considering my graduate studies.
Currently, I’m mostly interested in Logic, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of mind. Initially, I was quite certain I wanted to go into the philosophy of mathematics, as it is both interesting, and seems to involve quite a bit of actual mathematics, which is appealing to me. I have recently heard of Cognitive Science, and after a bit of poking around it seems to be similar to the Philosophy of Mathematics in the sense that it is quite involved with both philosophy and the actual science being discussed.

I can’t seem to decide between the two! Is there anything I should keep in mind? I’m pretty sure I’d like to continue in academia, so applications in industry aren’t very important to me.

So, currently I am majoring in philosophy in University of Latvia. Since I am not an idealist, I realize that I need to swicth majors as a grad to earn decent income, and law, economics or political science would be good options for me I think (with law being the best option). Do I have any options or am I out of luck?

The conditions are:

  • It must allow philosophy grads like myself in

  • It must teach in English (or in Russian, but let’s be real)

  • It must have either no or low tuition cost for citizens of EU (that’s why I chose Nordic countries, as they are the only countries in the EU with no tuition cost IIRC)

  • Optionally, it must be at least decently rated on university rating websites, the higher – the better

So do universities like these exist?