How to Write a Philosophy Paper

It is very important to use examples in a philosophy

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Unformatted text preview: , philosophy moves at a slow pace. General Writing Tips: Don't write using prose you wouldn't use in conversation: if you wouldn't say it, don't write it. It is very important to use examples in a philosophy paper. Many of the claims philosophers make are very abstract and hard to understand, and examples are the best way to make those claims clearer. Don't begin your paper with a sentence like "Down through the ages, mankind has pondered the problem of..." There's no need to warm up to your topic. You should get right to the point, with the first sentence. Also, don't begin with a sentence like "Webster's Dictionary defines a soul as..." Dictionaries aren't good philosophical authorities. They record the way words are used in everyday discourse. Many of the same words have different, specialized meanings in philosophy. Make sure every sentence in your draft does...
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