Doing Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Students

Doing Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Students

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By (author) George MacDonald Ross, By (author) Clare Saunders, By (author) David Mossley, By (author) Danielle Lamb

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 18mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826498736
  • ISBN 13: 9780826498731
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 305,131

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Doing Philosophy provides a practical guide to studying philosophy for students. The book offers guidance on: Reading and analyzing philosophical texts Preparing for and participating in seminars Choosing essay topics Constructing arguments and avoiding plagiarism Using libraries, the internet and other resources Technical terms, forms of expression and logical notation Doing Philosophy outlines the difficulties and challenges faced by students and the exciting scope of the subject as a consequence. The book uses examples of philosophical texts from a wide range of authors to explore strategies that enable the student to develop critical reading skills. The book also offers advice on taking notes, analyzing arguments, using resources effectively, and writing philosophical essays. Concise and accessible, this book equips the student with the tools needed to succeed at undergraduate level, presenting a variety of practical strategies for tackling tasks that a first-year student will inevitably encounter.

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George MacDonald Ross is director of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. In 2006 he was voted one of England's top 50 university teachers by the Higher Education Academy and became a National Teaching Fellow. Clare Saunders is Subject Co-ordinator for Philosophy at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies. She has a PhD in Philosophy and has taught a wide range of philosophy courses at the University of Sunderland and the University of Durham, UK. David Mossley is Information Manager and Subject Co-ordinator at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies. He has a PhD in Philosophy and has taught a wide range of philosophy courses at the University of Durham and Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Danielle Lamb is Resource Development Officer at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies. She has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Leeds, UK, and has tutored undergraduates on a range of philosophy modules.

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."..well worth a read for those either preparing to or currently studying philosophy for the first time. Indeed, it will help many students to understand that, as the authors recognise, 'the focus of your philosophical study will be to learn not what to believe, but how to think.'" Emma L Williams, Philosopher in Residence, Rugby School, UK

Table of contents

1. Introduction to the Study of Philosophy; 2. Reading Philosophy; 3. Taking Notes; 4. Discussion; 5. Writing Philosophy; 6. Resources.