How to Write a Philosophy Paper

however direct quotations should be used sparingly

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Unformatted text preview: y're supposed to be assessing. Remember, philosophy demands a high level of precision. It's not good enough for you merely to get the general idea of somebody else's position or argument. You have to get it exactly right. (In this respect, philosophy is more like a science than the other humanities.) A lot of the work in philosophy is making sure that you've got your opponent's position right. Only summarize those parts of X's views that are directly relevant to what you're going to go on to do. Quotations and Paraphrasing: When a passage from a text is particularly useful in supporting your interpretation of some philosopher's views, it may be helpful to quote the passage directly. (Be sure to specify where the passage can be found.) However, direct quotations should be...
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