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Writing Philosophy: A Student's Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays 1st Edition
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So this is a very practical book. It also helps format your essay and cite your sources effectively with the MLA and CMS citing guidelines.
But this book does not have the depth for graduates. I bought this in part because I thought it would help me write a paper to submit with my application to a Ph.D programme in philosophy at a very respected university. This book, however, will not help you to write publishable philosophy journal articles. Mostly its advice is focused on keeping you and I from making (what should be) obvious errors in our writing - no slippery slope fallacies, no racism, double check your assumptions, no ad-hominem attacks, etc.
I should condition my criticism by saying the book does not really advertise itself to do what I wanted it to do. Its subtitle is "A student's guide to writing philosophy essays" - not "Becoming a master writer in the field of philosophy."
`Writing Philosophy' begins by describing how to read philosophy, which is quite different than how one reads fiction. A key point made here is that it is common to have to read sections in a philosophy paper more than once in order to understand the conclusions. Vaughn then discusses how to develop an argumentative essay, starting with the fact that the writer must first know what he or she wants to say. This seems obvious to persons who have made a living with words, but it is not apparent to novice writers including students and junior staff in organizations where clear writing is essential for survival (I came from a research organization where the ability to write well was equal to the importance of carrying out the research itself).Read more ›
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This book provided a great background into the world of philosophy. I have gotten all passing grades on my assignments! This book was great!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The guide is recommended by a professor in the UCLA Philosophy Dept., which is notoriously devoted to the Analytic tradition. Read morePublished 20 months ago by greygraygrau