Philosophical Writing An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1405131675
ISBN-13: 9781405131674
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: A. P. Martinich
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Substantially updated and revised, the third edition of Philosophical Writing is designed to help those with little or no experience in philosophy to think and write successfully. Traces the evolution of a good philosophical essay from draft stage to completion Now includes new examples of the structures of a philosophical essay, new examples of rough drafts, tips on how to study for a test and a new section on how to utilize the internet effectively Written with clarity and wit by a bestselling author

Table of Contents
Note to the Second Edition
Note to the Third Edition
Introduction
Author and Audience
The Professor as Audience
The Student as Author
Three Attitudes about Philosophical Method
Logic and Argument for Writing
What is a Good Argument?
Valid Arguments
Cogent Arguments
Consistency and Contradition
Contraries and Contradictories
The Strength of a Proposition
The Structure of a Philosophical Essay
An Outline of the Structure of a Philosophical Essay
Anatomy of an Essay
Another Essay
Composing
How to Select an Essay Topic
Techniques for Composing
Outlining
Successive Elaboration Conceptual Note Taking Research and Composing
Polishing
Evolution of an Essay
Tactics for Analytic Writing
Definitions
Distinctions
Analysis
Dilemmas
Scenarios
Counterexamples
Reductio ad Absurdum
Dialectical Reasoning
Some Constraints on Content
The Pursuit of Truth
The Use of Authority
The Burden of Proof
Some Goals of Form
Coherence
Clarity
Conciseness
Rigor
Problems with Introductions
Slip Sliding Away
The Tail Wagging the Dog
The Running Start
ldquo;Itrsquo;s Sunday Night and I have an Essay Due Monday Morningrdquo
How to Study for a Test
Scholarship Notes and References
Philosophy Resources on the Internet
On Grading
Glossary of Philosophical Terms

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