Thursday, December 11, 2008


So CalTech apparently notified candidates for a philosophy position that the search would now include candidates outside of philosophy, and according to Leiter this was done for budgetary reasons. I'm trying to understand how this change is supposed to be of any financial help to CalTech. Whether the successful candidate is a philosopher or not, CalTech is still going to have to pay his/her salary. The only thing I can think is that there were several different searches for positions in different departments, and that these have all been condensed into one. But how this would work in practical terms--for example, who would conduct the interviews?--is beyond me.

What am I missing?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Caltech doesn't have a philosophy department. The search is run by the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. I assume that they advertised positions in multiple disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Now they'll only hire someone in one (or some) of those disciplines.