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Philosopher on ekonomce

Ing. Peter Special air (26) is a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy Faculty of National Economics. Besides doctoral field theory at the University of Economics also studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, where he expands the horizons mainly in philosophy and sociology. Interview with a draw brings the good news: if you are interested in both, try this link!

Peter, please Approx readers exactly what they are now studying.

Now I study in graduate school study economic theory, broadly conceived topic of my dissertation is „phenomenological approach in social sciences.“ I am currently in the second year, the doctoral study lasts 3–7 years, so I still have a lot of work ahead. Otherwise, starts in September still on the master's degree in Historical Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, where I completed a bachelor's degree in winter. I am interested in the social sciences in general and moves generally somewhere on the border of economics, sociology and philosophy.

What path led to such odd-sounding job?

My trip was quite curvy – in high school I was interested in philosophy, but I finally decided to go to University to study international trade, because I thought it was a more practical direction of life than what would correspond to the philosophical faculty. Even retrospectively I do not consider it a bad choice, even though it featured a detour before I finally clear up what I want to do. Finally, I sometimes accidentally hit the third year of the philosophical seminar on land economist, and this time drew me into thinking it definitely theoretical. After about a year I enrolled in bachelor degree in Humanities at the University and made both schools simultaneously. Master's degree so I though of international trade, but the trader was not about me – if I say something behind, so probably a philosopher:)

What can we concretely imagine it?

The actual content of what the position now is: deal with primarily the philosophy of science, primarily Economics. In this field the aim is (speaking in a nutshell) about some clarification of how science actually relates to the world that tries to describe. In a very complex and developed a theoretical system that has built today's science, it is not at all easy to define precisely the relationship between reality and its description. Numerous discussions with the lead and the character of reality itself, that somehow we feel we live in it and think about it. Among the important questions that seek to address the philosophy of science, should include how to define science from pseudoscience, as it puts science to human values, what is the correct way (method), which the science should proceed, or how reliably differentiate the correct scientific theory from wrong. They're all certainly very abstract matters, but the way to deal with them, may ultimately significantly affect the social perception of science and thus the possibility that science will or will not have to apply their knowledge, because in addition to their cognitive function is of course the social institutions.

What is your current „Doctor“ day?

That is a lot different depending on whether the tuition, or any irregular activity, such as various workshops, etc. of foreign experts. Or just plain „empty“ day. „Blank“ day usually looks so that from about eight in the morning until five in the afternoon trying to develop some meaningful activity, which may take the form of training seminars, correction of tests and seminar papers, or running around libraries. It is essential to devote a lot of time reading, because that person could begin to develop an own scientific activity, which is actually the main purpose of doctoral studies is the need to have a good grasp of what is within his field yet happened and especially what is happening – it means on the one hand, read stacks of „classical“ works, on the other hand to monitor new publications and learn about issues that are currently among the leading experts on the agenda. It is important to also maintain contact with colleagues on the faculty from which you can learn lots of interesting things outside their own specialization, in which one would readily conclude, are so great and various informal discussions and meetings. Often, a person at lunch, or coffee can learn more (and more important) things than what he managed to load a whole week or get an unexpected inspiration – and this is a „living“ science more fun than the „paper“ .

Do you have compulsory attendance at conferences?

Conferences are optional – perhaps because they are many people like to go without someone had to make. The conference is often an opportunity to go to some place interesting and personally know people that you otherwise only known by their books and articles. Of course you can also show off some custom work, if it is worth it. In the study we have called the mandatory post-graduate workshops, where it is necessary to present his work before his colleagues from the faculty. With workshops can keep a pretty good overview of what the colleague who is currently working, and given that it is a duty to study, it motivates the creation of even those who would otherwise put off forever, or are afraid to their ideas (which are often a good while) go to the public.

And abroad – you were on some trip or conference?

The year before I spent half a year in the German city of Wuppertal, where I Erasmus studied philosophy. It was an interesting experience, and especially the resurrection of forgotten my German, which is literally vital necessity philosopher:) Otherwise, so far, in terms of conferences, hold more domestic plants, although I would like somewhere next year started. I also attracts a study stay in the U.S.. Overall we can say that any opportunity for cross-border trek there for a number of PhD students and a school in this respect behaves very helpfully.

It is your duty to also publish?

Publications are a necessity because of the fact that in today's academic world it is the principle of „publish or Perish“ (Publish or perish – Czech it does not sound so good:)) – that person seriously working on something and is able to reach some interesting results are proved right through publications. The doctoral degree is required at least one publication output per year, but the more the better, you might say – of course, not forget the quality, but there should also guarantee the reviewers, who each text before publication in some periodical considered and should not happen to them a poor job slipped through his fingers.

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How do you think today's students?

I have an introduction to philosophy courses, and writing techniques of professional work. Since the winter semester (ie from the end of September) I had to lead several training in economics. In total, I have six and a half-hour courses, and about a hundred and fifty students. My impression of the students is generally positive. Sometimes I have a poisoning or a crook, but mostly you can always agree on reasonable rules which must be respected, and requirements that must be met. I think that is mainly needed to distract the teacher and its share of solid work, because teaching is not just a one-sided obligations of students. Otherwise bothers me a bit of passivity, which is among Czech students much expanded (myself too terribly passive student, but now I found out from a position of teacher as it is unpleasant). Many of the students the impression that they are on course just because „is“ that it must cut corners and some annoying obligation. The end of the semester when correcting their seminar work, often find that they have interesting opinions and ideas and are able to express them – it is a pity that so much fail in the seminars would be beneficial and enjoyable for both parties. Maybe I'm just now but could not find a suitable method to stimulate debate:)

What is it about your current situation, enjoy the most?

Actually, I'm generally pretty happy – I enjoy a lot of lessons and issues that are now in their deal with the studio, and is also excellent work in a team of like-minded people.

What bothers you the contrary?

Most probably, if I can not really organize my time and then we will waste a lot, then catch up everything I wanted. Prokrastinace (morbid procrastination, note. Ed.) Is a major disaster for doctoral students:) Oh and another frequent source of frustration that is closely connected with the first, the problem is „useful“ ideas in a meaningful, coherent and compelling form on paper. Socrates said he was convinced that writing is thought corrupts, and I often feel the same when I try to put together some text:)

How do you look back at his student years? How would you describe the development, which you passed?

Especially the first two years of college I was a lot of groping, long time before I settled in the city and still somehow it was not. Then I finally came across but what I really want to do, which was in my case, philosophy, and then everything went kind of gravity. When I started studying in parallel the other school, it often looked like a cave with all sorts of responsibilities, but eventually it always managed somehow. Towards the end of my studies I was already firmly decided that I wanted to try to go for a doctorate and further develop their taste for abstract theories, and so far I do not regret it at all. If your student years I have somehow re-evaluate so many things were definitely good, but back in time I would probably want:)

What do you think is most important when one has similar ambitions like you?

It is quite difficult to assess – but certainly it is essential that the person in their academic work clung to „happy“ topic that interests them and satisfies. This may sound trivial, but often need to quickly adjust priorities according to the immediate needs and opportunities and not hard to finish swamped under a pile of difficult or boring work outside their own field, to which the person received or know how. It's a bit of luck. Another very important thing is to train the ability to schedule work and plan well in advance, at least within a few months because a lot of doctoral study is separate and neglected duties can not catch a few days before the final evaluation or project deadline.

And finally the question: what your vision of your future application?

At present, my priority is to attempt an academic career, although it is obviously difficult to estimate in advance how it all turns out. Doctoral studies can indeed generally regarded primarily as a „scientific medicine“ – and my focus is in the context of its rather abstract, so it would land outside the university in its entirety was not certain to be called, which would be a shame given me a lot of fun.

Thanks for the interview!

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