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Writing a Philosophy Essay

This presentation covers the steps to writing an essay for Philosophy.

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A Brief Note for First-Timers: Make An Outline PLAN: examine your notes and create an outline of key points, ideas, and terms. Notice the logical structure of the argument and whether it makes assumptions in order to reach its conclusion or if the thoughts flow together. Do not be afraid to acknowledge in the paper any uncertainties.
Common Types of
Essays Keep in Mind: Process:
Writing the Paper Fill in your outline, but write each section in the order that strikes you, even if this means out of order. Example: write paragraphs 3, 2, then 1.
Read, then read again. Make sure that your ideas are connecting in some way as you fill in your outline.
Assess your thesis statement while you write the body of your essay. Does it make sense?
Revise & edit
Make and defend a strong claim in your paper, but keep in mind that a strong claim need not be an extreme claim.
Conclusions and clarity are priorities in a philosophy paper.
Use examples to supplement your argument
In philosophy papers, you can write in the first person
Relate sub-points back to the main point
Define all key technical terms or phrases, such as "Being" and "contingency"
All sources should be cited appropriately.
Don't hesitate to contact your professor with any questions regarding your position on a paper or the citation style. 1. Summary: a reconstruction of a philosopher's
argument in your own words.
2. Evaluation: your chance to be a philosopher. Analyze a philosopher's ideas and state your own opinions.
3. Position: Adopt a position and defend it from a
philosophical or ethical standpoint. Writing a Philosophy Essay At New College of Florida There is no need to feel intimidated- even when one is accustomed to writing philosophy papers, the concepts and ideas can be all-consuming all the same.
Fear not, and dive into a topic that inspires you, while keeping the limitations of your topic in mind.
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