Cliff Sosis is creating in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers.
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My name is Cliff Sosis. I'm a philosophy lecturer at Coastal Carolina University. I decided to start What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? because I find philosophers fascinating! I’m interested in what philosophers were interested in before they got into philosophy. I want to know what their parents did, whether they were philosophical kids, what they were up to as undergrads, and what teachers or books inspired them. Did they consider doing something else? How did they decide on a dissertation topic? What was writing the dissertation like? Was the job market good? What is life like post-tenure (or without tenure)? What are philosophers interested in besides philosophy? What’s the ultimate goal of philosophy (if any)? In the interviews, I try to figure out how our theories shape our lives and vice versa. What do we have in common, if anything? The interviews give us a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a better idea of how philosophy works. We don't really talk about this stuff as much as we should, I think. It doesn't hurt that these stories are also intrinsically interesting and often moving! If you like the site and have found it illuminating or inspiring, I would appreciate your support. Thanks for reading! 
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Supporter!
$1 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), and receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site!
Supporter Plus!
$3 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site!!
Silver Supporter!
$5 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a nifty bumper sticker!!!
Gold Supporter!
$20 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, and sweet t-shirt!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt. I'm not made of t-shirts. 
Platinum Supporter!
$50 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, a sweet t-shirt, and a one of a kind thank you doodle!!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt and doodle. I'm not made of t-shirts. Or doodles. 
Goals
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Paul Adamski, Gabriel Bruguier, Colin Burch, David Chalmers, Emily Crookston, Robert Dalva, Dennis Earl, Daniel Friedman, Christian Gibbons, Jeffry Halverson, Dan Haybron, Brian Jabarian, Bruce Jacobs, Abigail Johnson, Brian Jones, Maria Khoudary, Daniel Kodsi, Anna Malka, Carl Mattick, James McGuire, David McNaughton, Leonardo Santoso, Ryan Reece Shelley, Eric Schwitzgebel, Greg Smith, Kelly Truelove, Don Sudduth, Prabhu Venkataraman, Jamie Watson, Christine Amanda Weissglass, George Yancy, and...you?

Donations from the supporters listed above not only help cover the costs of running What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? but they also supplement the income of the philosophy lecturer who created the site. Interviews are conducted via e-mail, which gives subjects an opportunity to give detailed, thorough answers to challenging questions. Overall, producing interviews is a time-intensive process. It can take weeks, months or, in some cases, years to create an interview. Currently, I am interviewing around a dozen people simultaneously, releasing an interview or two a month. In the end, I spend approximately 70 hours a month identifying subjects, sending interview requests, doing research, composing questions, reading answers, editing, formatting, publishing, and promoting interviews, maintaining the site, and responding to e-mails. Why do I spend so much time and energy doing this? I think it's important! If you agree, consider supporting the project. Thanks!

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My name is Cliff Sosis. I'm a philosophy lecturer at Coastal Carolina University. I decided to start What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? because I find philosophers fascinating! I’m interested in what philosophers were interested in before they got into philosophy. I want to know what their parents did, whether they were philosophical kids, what they were up to as undergrads, and what teachers or books inspired them. Did they consider doing something else? How did they decide on a dissertation topic? What was writing the dissertation like? Was the job market good? What is life like post-tenure (or without tenure)? What are philosophers interested in besides philosophy? What’s the ultimate goal of philosophy (if any)? In the interviews, I try to figure out how our theories shape our lives and vice versa. What do we have in common, if anything? The interviews give us a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a better idea of how philosophy works. We don't really talk about this stuff as much as we should, I think. It doesn't hurt that these stories are also intrinsically interesting and often moving! If you like the site and have found it illuminating or inspiring, I would appreciate your support. Thanks for reading! 

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Tiers
Supporter!
$1 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), and receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site!
Supporter Plus!
$3 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site!!
Silver Supporter!
$5 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a nifty bumper sticker!!!
Gold Supporter!
$20 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, and sweet t-shirt!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt. I'm not made of t-shirts. 
Platinum Supporter!
$50 or more per month
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, a sweet t-shirt, and a one of a kind thank you doodle!!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt and doodle. I'm not made of t-shirts. Or doodles.