How to Write a Philosophy Paper

If you have a good outline the rest of the writing

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Unformatted text preview: u want to make in your paper and get a sense for how they are going to fit together. It also helps ensure that you're in a position to say what your main argument or criticism is, before you sit down to write a full draft of your paper. When students get stuck writing, it's often because they haven't yet figured out what they're trying to say. Give your outline your full attention. It should be fairly detailed. (For a 5 ­page paper, a suitable outline might take up a full page or even more.) I find that making an outline is at least 80% of the work of writing a good philosophy paper. If you have a good outline, the rest of the writing process will go much more smoothly. Philosophical Criticism: Make sure you understand exactly what the position you're criticizing says. Students waste a lot of time arguing against views that sound like, but are really different from, the views the...
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2013 for the course PHILOS 367 taught by Professor Mason during the Winter '11 term at Ohio State.

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