The Philosophy Student Writer's Manual

The Philosophy Student Writer's Manual

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For Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking/Informal Logic, and Interdisciplinary Writing Courses.

This manual contains all the material needed to write successful philosophy papers, providing such necessary tools as philosophy background, helpful writing strategies, research tips, and format instructions. User-friendly in approach, this text also includes samples of good student writing that will serve as concrete models as well as inspire students to write good philosophy themselves.
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  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 013099166X
  • 9780130991669
  • 1,780,728

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"The Philosophy Student Writer's Manual" is an ideal complement to any philosophy textbook or as a primary source for teaching philosophy through writing. This manual clearly presents three essential elements of philosophic writing: A manual of style for researching and writing philosophy papers, including a guide to Philosophy and Cyberspace' and other sources of information.An introduction to the basic concepts and approaches of the discipline of philosophy, including: principles of argument, fallacies, and applied ethics.A resource of specific, detailed instructions for writing papers usually required in college philosophy classes, including: position papers, historical essays, and applied ethics papers.New to this Second Edition!Samples of good student writing--Gives students good concrete models of the style of argumentative writing.Revised chapter on Web resources--Includes the most up-to-date resources as well as on-line research strategies.Rewritten sections on writing ethics papers--Emphasizes continuity between ethics and other argumentative writing.Shorter length--More focused and concise in presentation.
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Table of contents


Philosophy Is Nothing New. Are You Dreaming? What Is Philosophy? What Does Philosophy Accomplish?


1. Writing as Communication.

Writing to Learn. Organizing Your Writing. Invention Strategies. The Rough Draft. Revising Your Writing.

2. Writing Competently.

General Rules of Grammar and Style. Sentence Structure. Pronoun Errors. Punctuation. Spelling. Technical and Ordinary Usage of Philosophical Terms.


3. Organizing the Research Process.

Gaining Control of the Research Process. Effective Research Methods. Ethical Use of Source Material. Research Schedule.

4. Information in Your Library and Similar Places.

Information Resources in Your College Library. Other Sources of Information.

5. Philosophy and Cyberspace.

Narrow Sources of Information. General Sources of Information. Advice for Distance Learners.

6. Formats for Philosophy Papers.

Getting Started. General Page Format. Title Page. Abstract. Table of Contents. Lists of Tables and Figures. Text. Chapter Headings. Illustrations and Figures. Reference Page. Appendices.

7. Citing Sources.

Preliminary Decisions. Documentary-Note System: Numbered References.


8. Principles of Argument.

The Throws of Argument. The Definition of an Argument. The Two Basic Types of Argument. Validity and Soundness. Patterns of Reasoning. Valid Forms of Argument. Applications. A Map of How to Arrange a Philosophy Paper.

9. Avoiding Fallacies.

Formal Fallacies. Informal Fallacies. Identifying Fallacies. Calculating Probabilities. Emotive Language.

10. Writing Sound Arguments.

What Is a Position Paper? The Steps to Writing a Position Paper. The Format of a Position Paper.

11. History of Philosophy Papers.

A Very Short History of the Great Philosophers. How to Write a History of Philosophy Paper. Hints on Writing History of Philosophy Papers. The Contents of a History of Philosophy Paper.

12. Writing Applied Ethics Papers.

What Is Ethics? The Distinction Between Fact and Value. Approaches to Ethics. Perennial Issues for Political Ethics: Justice and Rights. Applying Ethical Theories and Political Philosophy. Professional Codes of Ethics. Analyzing a Professional Code of Ethics.

13. Writing a Personal Ethics Statement.

Examples of Famous Statements of Ethics. Writing Your Own Personal Code of Ethics. The Contents of a Personal Ethics Statement. Two Sample Student Ethics Statements. Writing a Critique of a Brief Ethics Statement.

14. Sample Student Papers.
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"I find the detailed account of writing and research to be the most valuable asset of this text...I also enjoy the text's specifically addressing history of philosophy papers, a novel element I have not noticed in other texts." - Dr. Kenneth Buckman, University of Texas Pan American

"It is one of the strengths of the book that it is organized and written in a style that is interesting and approachable to students." - Eric Wampler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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