Dissertation Doldrums

When I initially discussed doing American Indian philosophy for my dissertation, I was at first gently dissuaded and then barred from doing so. The stated reason was that no one at the school could direct such a project, which was a rather thin excuse since people on faculty were willing to direct such a project and the whole point of a “dissertation” is to add to the sum of human knowledge.  Behind the scenes, it was pretty clear that many people in the department didn’t believe it to be “real” philosophy.