George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


Word and Endnote almost made my cry

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Today is Sunday, exactly a week since I realised that my referencing application broke my PhD by mixing the thousands of footnotes that I have. It was around 8am. I had waken up a few minutes before E., made us some coffee and turned on the computer. The plan was to keep editing until the bloody PhD is done. The night before, I was editing the “Conclusion” chapter and I noticed that its only reference was misplaced. I assumed that I had made a mistake, corrected it and called it a night. The morning after, on Sunday, sitting at my home desk drinking coffee at 8am, I decided to go over the references to catch similar mistakes. It was during that time that E. entered the room...

In the second year of my PhD I started running – it’s amazing, you should try it

Who would have thought that a PhD in political philosophy is physically intensive? It was in the beginning of the second year that I started feeling weird pains in my lower back. A new chair didn’t help, neither did anything else, and being in my late twenties I couldn’t keep complaining — after all, complaining is an entitlement bestowed upon you with middle-age. So I had to do something about it.

Everything (?) you need to know about the PhD application process in the UK

The last year has been very productive. I managed to complete my MSc in Political Theory from the LSE and survive the nightmare that is the PhD and funding applications. Fortunately, in the end everything went well and I am now in the fourth month of my PhD. Someone has to say a few words about the application process and it might as well be me. The first thing to say is that failure is part of the game and you should not (always) blame yourself for it. One can fail at two levels. The first is failure to get accepted into a PhD program and the second is failure to get funding for the program. For some reason, once you receive an offer of acceptance for a doctoral program you have on average of one month to accept or reject the acceptance offer, even though the outcome of the funding...

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

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