Writing a - State all your arguments fully-never trust your reader to supply missing premises no matter how obvious they may seem to you Include a

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WRITING A PHILOSOPHY PAPER In writing your paper, try to do the following things: 1. When you refer to one of the philosophers we have read, try to state precisely what he or she said, and give references to the text (and, when needed, quotations from it) in order to support your paraphrase. Sometimes authors don't state their views clearly. If one of the passages in which you are interested is ambiguous, show how it is ambiguous. Then follow up the consequences for the author's views of each possible interpretation, or argue for one interpretation as the one he or she must have intended. 2. Your paper must include (A) a statement of the problem you are trying to solve, (B) a clear statement of the solution you propose and (C) arguments supporting your solution. Getting a clear statement of the problem is more than half the battle. You may not be able to decide on one final solution; if not, say why not.
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Unformatted text preview: State all your arguments fully--never trust your reader to supply missing premises, no matter how obvious they may seem to you. Include a discussion of possible objections to your solution, and your replies to those objections. 3. Stick to the point . Make sure the reader can tell why and how every argument is relevant. 4. Give definitions or explanations of the important terms that you use. Your paper will be graded for the following qualities: 1. the accuracy of any interpretations of passages from the texts 2. the clarity of your exposition 3. the cogency and relevance of your arguments 4. how interesting your insights are 5. how deeply you dig into the problem As you will by now have gathered, philosophy is in part the art of quibbling and drawing distinctions: so be sure to quibble and draw some distinctions....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2009 for the course PHIL 1100 taught by Professor Bennett during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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