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A Sample Philosophy Paper

This is an annotated sample philosophy paper. For those wanting a downloadable copy, here is a png file: http://publish.uwo.ca/~amendel5/sample-philosophy-paper.png
by Angela Mendelovici on 30 July 2014

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Transcript of A Sample Philosophy Paper

A title: nothing fancy, no need to be cute, just a title
A Sample Philosophy Paper
annotated
This contains all the required information. If your prof likes to grade anonymously, make sure not to include your name.
An introduction:
Again, nothing fancy. Tell the reader what the paper is about. Provide a roadmap. And...
...a statement of your thesis.
Some background: This can be hard. Only include what is needed in order for you to argue for your thesis.
I included my student number and the page number on every page. This way my prof won't accidentally staple the first half of my paper to the second half of someone else's.
The entire paper leads to my argument for my thesis.
I'm still explaining Frege's view here.
Road mapping along the way, so the reader knows what's going on.
This is Frege's argument that I will address! I'm very careful to present it clearly. Even though I will argue against it, I try to make it sound as plausible as possible.
I use an example to explain Frege's argument. I just used Frege's example, but I could have been more creative and used my own.
I try to explain Frege's argument explicitly. Writing it out like this is probably overkill. The important thing is that I identified the key premises and the conclusion.
I tell you exactly where I disagree with Frege's argument.
This is my argument for my thesis. I try to be clear, using language in a controlled way, and using examples to help the reader along.
I restate my conclusion at the end of my argument.
I assess the damage to Frege's overall position.
Here I respond to a possible objection to my argument.
My conclusion is short and sweet. I recap my main points.
An unfortunate page break. Luckily my prof doesn't mind.
My bibliography. Most philosophy profs don't care what format you use, as long as all the information is there.
NEVER use tab to achieve a hanging indent. Bad things happen.
The End
by Angela Mendelovici
I used a quotation because I think Frege's is a good way of putting things. But I also explained it in my own words afterwards.
The University of Western Ontario
amendel5@uwo.ca
Oct. 20, 2010
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