When I started my PhD in philosophy, I wanted to become a philosophy professor. I knew the job market was tough, but I loved the field and I wanted to live the life of the mind. I thought grad school, and a career as a professional philosopher, was the best way to do it. I was ready for all the sacrifices it would take to become successful, and I thought that success was primarily a matter of hard work and sacrifice. I was 24.
Flash forward seven years: I’m halfway done with my dissertation, and everything has changed. I want out of the academy, but I’m not sure where to go next — or even when to go. (Do I finish my dissertation? Ditch it?) This blog is a site of investigation, reinvention, and connection with others who share this experience. It is a site of philosophy.