Writing Philosophy A Student's Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays

ISBN-10: 0195179560

ISBN-13: 9780195179569

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lewis Vaughn

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Writing Philosophy is a brief tutorial/manual that covers the bascis of argumentative essay writing and encourages students to master fundamental writing skills with minimal teacher input. It provides step-by-step instructiosn for each phase of the writing process, from formulating a thesis and creating an outline, to writing a final draft. For the benefit of both students and teachers, it uses a rulebook format that encapsulates core principles of good writing while providing models of well-written essays, outlines, introductions, and conclusions.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Lewis Vaughn is an independent scholar and freelance writer living in Amherst, New York. He is the author of several leading textbooks, including Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues.

Reading and Writing
How to Read Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
Reading Philosophy
Approach the Text with an Open Mind
Read Actively and Critically
Identify the Conclusion First, Then the Premises
Outline, Paraphrase, or Summarize the Argument
Evaluate the Argument and Formulate a Tentative Judgment
Writing a Paraphrase or Summary
Applying the Rules
How to Read an Argument
Premises and Conclusions
Judging Arguments
Know the Basics of Deductive and Inductive Arguments
Determine Whether the Conclusion Follows from the Premises
Determine Whether the Premises Are True
Applying the Rules
Rules of Style and Content for Philosophical Writing
Write to Your Audience
Avoid Pretentiousness
Keep the Authority of Philosophers in Perspective
Do Not Overstate Premises or Conclusions
Treat Opponents and Opposing Views Fairly
Write Clearly
Avoid Inappropriate Emotional Appeals
Be Careful What You Assume
Write in First Person
Avoid Discriminatory Language
Defending a Thesis in an Argumentative Essay
Basic Essay Structure
Argument Supporting the Thesis
Assessment of Objections
A Well-Built Essay
Writing the Essay: Step by Step
Select a Topic and Narrow It to a Specific Issue
Research the Issue
Write a Thesis Statement
Create an Outline of the Whole Essay
Write a First Draft
Study and Revise Your First Draft
Produce a Final Draft
An Annotated Sample Paper
Avoiding Fallacious Reasoning
Straw Man
Appeal to the Person
Appeal to Popularity
Appeal to Tradition
Genetic Fallacy
Appeal to Ignorance
False Dilemma
Begging the Question
Hasty Generalization
Slippery Slope
Using, Quoting, and Citing Sources
Know When and How to Quote Sources
Do Not Plagiarize
Cite Your Sources Carefully
Build a Bibliography if Needed
Reference Guide
Writing Effective Sentences
Make the Subject and Verb Agree in Number and Person
Express Parallel Ideas in Parallel Form
Write in Complete Sentences, Not Fragments
Connect Independent Clauses Properly
Delete the Deadwood
Put Modifiers in Their Place
Be Consistent in Tense, Voice, Number, and Person
Communicate Pronoun References Clearly
Choosing the Right Words
Select Nouns and Verbs Precisely
Prefer the Active Voice
Use Specific Terms
Avoid Redundancy
Be Aware of the Connotations of Words
Learn to Distinguish Words That Writers Frequently Mix Up
Strive for Freshness; Avoid Cliches
Do Not Mix Metaphors
Beware of Awkward Repetition
Formatting Your Paper
Documenting Your Sources
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