From a post entitled "How to Succeed at Berkeley".
Posted by u/johnnydaggers to r/berkeley on reddit 9/1/2021
Hello new Berkeley students!
Over the years I've written a couple of long comments on posts here from people who find themselves struggling part-way though the semester. People seemed to think they were pretty helpful, so I thought I would try to give you all a leg-up and frontload the advice now.
For context, I did my undergrad at Berkeley in engineering and I'm finishing up a PhD at Cal. I have been a TA and a GSI and have seen courses from the "other side."
Obviously a lot of this may have to be adjusted to adapt to the hybrid system we're using right now due to COVID-19, but the main themes still apply.
Getting straight A's is not as hard as people say once you learn "the system". Most of the 4.0 students I knew used the system. I was a solid B/B- student for two years until I figured it out the system myself and then I had a 4.0 every semester after that.
In an Institute of Arts and Ideas article from a few years ago, Wittgenstein scholar Peter Hacker gives, well, a wittgensteinian answer:
...questions of sense precede questions of empirical truth – for if something makes no sense, it can be neither true nor false. It is just nonsense – not silly, but rather: it transgresses the bounds of sense. Philosophy patrols the borders between sense and nonsense; science determines what is empirically true and what is empirically false. What falsehood is for science, nonsense is for philosophy.
...[thus, t]he study of philosophy cultivates a healthy scepticism about the moral opinions, political arguments and economic reasonings with which we are daily bombarded by ideologues, churchmen, politicians and economists. It teaches one to detect ‘higher forms of nonsense’, to identify humbug, to weed out hypocrisy, and to spot invalid reasoning. It curbs our taste for nonsense, and gives us a nose for it instead. It teaches us not to rush to affirm or deny assertions, but to raise questions about them.
The UPJA has opened the call for papers and referees for our next issue, Volume 3, Issue 1. We are accepting both original articles and critical reply pieces to previously published UPJA papers.
We accept submissions on any philosophical topic from current undergraduates, including Honours students, or those who have recently graduated from any university worldwide. Submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, such as women or those for whom English is an additional language, are particularly encouraged. With the generous support of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), we will award two monetary prizes for: Best Paper (Overall) and Best Paper (Written by a Member of an Underrepresented Group in Philosophy).
We are also seeking referee applications from interested undergraduate and postgraduate students or recent graduates worldwide. You will be asked to make comments on papers, suggest revisions to the author, and return an evaluation to the editors. No prior refereeing experience is needed and guidelines will be provided. Your contribution will be recognised in the front pages of the journal.
STANCE seeks original philosophical essays authored by current undergraduates concerning any philosophical topic. Length: 1500 and 3500 words (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. Manuscripts are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality. Submit here: https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/about/submissions. For complete information about Stance: https://www.stancephilosophy.com/. Inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We now accept submissions for the second issue of Prokopton: Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.
The submission deadline is November 19, 2020.
Check our first issue here: http://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/issue-1-april-2020/
Among the kinds of philosophical work we accept are original papers, book and article reviews. You can submit your work either in English or Turkish. We also accept translations of philosophical work from any language to Turkish or Turkish to English.
If you would like to submit anything other than original paper(s), please contact us with the details of your work(s). Doing so will highly increase the chances that your work is accepted. Also, make sure to see our previous issues and the kind(s) of work we publish. If you would like to submit an original paper, please take a careful look at our submission guidelines.
You can send all your submissions to email@example.com.
An Engineering/Philosophy double-major reflects on her education after fifteen years into her career and the impact each major has had in this opinion piece published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Peter Smith (Cambridge) is generously providing tremendous resources for students, whether beginning or advanced, setting out to study logic. In a recent email, he writes:
Students are having a rotten time right now. It’s good to do what we can to make learning materials more easily available (a pretty small thing, but something). So: I’ve now made corrected versions of the second editions of
Peter Smith, An Introduction to Formal Logic
Peter Smith, An Introduction to Gödel’s Theorem
(originally published by CUP) both available as free PDF downloads (for anyone who wants a hard copy, there are also at-cost Amazon print-on-demand reprints).
The first is an introduction originally based on the Cambridge first year course for philosophers. The second, although published in a philosophy series too, could be of more interest to mathematicians as it is more maths than philosophical commentary.
More information and links at my website, https://www.logicmatters.net
Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.
The British Undergraduate Philosophy Review invites submissions from current undergraduates for its Summer 2020 Issue. The BUR is a newly established philosophy journal aiming to showcase the best of undergraduate philosophy; we encourage undergraduates to submit essays on topics from all areas of philosophy.
If you wish to submit a paper, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday 15th August 2020 together with a separate document including your name, contact details, paper title, and university affiliation. Please ensure that the paper contains no information which could be used to identify the author. Please also note that we only accept one paper per author, and will not accept papers that have previously been published elsewhere.
Submissions of 2000-3000 words are preferred, but all submissions under 5000 words will be peer-reviewed. Submissions are welcome from all areas of philosophy.
This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for compos mentis, our undergraduate philosophy journal. This journal is entirely student managed. The deadline for this year's open open issue is March 31. (This deadline is somewhat flexible; we like to have the issue published before the end of the semester but can accommodate students working with later course deadlines/schedules.) For more information about the journal, submission requirements, previously published issues and student editor contact information, please go here: https://www.cognethic.org/compos-mentis