In a comment on a previous post, What’s “Core” and What’s “Peripheral” in Philosophy—and Why?, Brian Weatherson (Michigan) notes that there are “some practical questions that need answering from time to time.” They are:
- Which subfields of philosophy should a philosophy major be required to take courses in?
- Which subfields of philosophy should a PhD student be required to take courses in?
- Which subfields of philosophy is it a complete emergency if one’s department has no faculty who can work/teach/advise in?
Another commenter, William Lewis (Skidmore), requested a discussion of these questions, and that sounds like a good idea.
(from a poster by Christopher Pynes (NIU))