to consider advancing onto PhD programs and
to consider Canadian universities as well as
those in the United States and elsewhere.
Dr. Rood is a professor and Killam Research Fellow in biology
at the University of Lethbridge.
Drs. Groarke and Fenske draw attention to what
seems a disturbing statistic: Roughly 70 percent
of faculty at our major philosophy departments
have non-Canadian degrees. They consider two
possible explanations. Either there is unfair dis-
crimination against candidates with domestic
PhDs, or Canadian programs are preparing
their students poorly, and are thus misusing
Neither claim stands up to scrutiny. Discrim-
ination is by no means the most compelling expla-
nation of the numbers. Canada produces far less
than 30 percent of doctoral degrees in philosophy.
It has only two doctoral programs in the English-
speaking top 50, as per the widely accepted inter-
national ranking at the Philosophical Gourmet
website. (Toronto, tied at 17th, and Western
Ontario, tied at 47th.) Finally, search committees
worldwide naturally hire from doctoral programs
with extremely competitive admissions, excep-
tionally influential faculty (ones about whom
books and doctoral theses are written), etc.
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