Doing Philosophy:

ISBN-10: 1285055012

ISBN-13: 9781285055015

Edition: 2013

Authors: Joel Feinberg
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Description: Clear and concise, this brief guide will help you write a successful paper-even if you have no previous formal background in writing philosophy papers. Contents include topic selection, outlines, drafts, proper and improper quotation, argument development and evaluation, principles of good writing, style, criteria for grading student papers, and a review of common grammatical and dictional errors. In addition, the book devotes several chapters to basic concepts in logic, which have proven invaluable for philosophy students like you in the course of critically considering and writing about the ideas and arguments they encounter.

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Preface
Methods of Proceeding
Introductory
Selecting a topic
The irrelevance of most library research
Resolving controversies
Appreciating philosophers of an earlier period
The outline
Preparation of the final draft
Writing blocks
Rules of the Game
Plagiarism as a legal wrong (violation of another person's property right)
Plagiarism as a moral wrong (cheating and lying)
Quotation, attribution, and acknowledgment
Alternative formats for notes
Acceptable abbreviations in notes
Criteria for Grading Student Papers
Clarity
Presence of argument
Cogency of argument
Originality, subtlety, imaginativeness
Degree of difficulty
Ordering the criteria
General Principles of Good Writing
Clarity again
Simplicity
Economy
Padding
Repetitiveness
Redundancy
Misplaced emphasis
Pretentiousness and fancy words
A miscellany of further judgments
Mistakes of Grammar
Grammatical and nongrammatical writing errors
Criteria of correct grammar
A sampler of grammatical rules and their problems
Summary
Some Common Mistakes in Diction
Diction and grammar
Linguistic correctness and controversy
Constantly changing usage
Linguistic liberals and conservatives
Sample mistakes of diction
Stylistic Infelicities
The concept of style
Prose writing as a source of pleasure
The paragraph
Motion metaphors
Smoothing the flow
Conspicuous over-use of favorite words
Forget adornment and eloquence
Types of poor writing styles
Language and Logic
Correct and incorrect reasoning
Deductive and inductive reasoning
Sentences and propositions
Arguments
Premises as unproved assumptions
Logical necessity versus psychological certainty
Necessity and contingency
Three types of impossibility
Basic Deductive Logic
Possible truth value combinations
Validity and soundness
Definition of truth functional connectives
Necessary and sufficient conditions
Valid deductive argument forms: a sampler
Logic Without Necessity
Informal fallacies
Some inductive inferences, good and bad
Begging the question
Analogical reasoning
A sampler of fallacies
Varieties of Philosophy Papers
Rules of strategy
Manageable philosophical tasks
Modest partial reasons
Interpretation
Generalization and counterexample
Definition
Other categories of philosophical papers
Philosophical Research on the Internet
Appendix: A Checklist for Philosophy Papers
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