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My name is Cliff Sosis. I created What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? because one of the things I like most about conferences, and hanging out with philosophers, is learning about the people who do philosophy. How we are similar and different. 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, books, or movies inspired them. Did they consider doing something else? What did their parents think? How did they decide on a dissertation topic? What was writing the dissertation like? What was the state of the job market? Advice? How does a career in philosophy affect a philosopher's personal life? What are philosophers interested in besides philosophy? What's the ultimate goal of philosophy (if any)?  What personal experiences do we bring to the table when we do philosophy? How does philosophy change the philosopher? You know, the stuff it would be weird to ask during the Q and A period after a presentation, or strange to bring up when everybody's talking shop after a colloquium. I want to dig a bit deeper into the psychology of philosophers...