Doing Philosophy

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Cengage Learning, Mar 6, 2007 - Education - 128 pages
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Clear and concise, this brief text is designed to assist introductory philosophy students who have no prior experience in writing philosophy papers. Contents include topic selection, outlines, drafts, proper and improper quotation, argument development and evaluation, principles of good writing, style, criteria for grading student papers, and a review of common grammatical and dictional errors. In addition, the book devotes several chapters to basic concepts in logic, which have proven invaluable for philosophy students in the course of critically considering and writing about the ideas and arguments they encounter.
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A classic in the Joel Feinberg tradition. Please NOTE that he has begun working - and thinking - FOR the moral and social rights of animals, after this long stint reflecting ONLY of social justice ... Read full review


Methods of Proceeding
Rules of the Game
Criteria for Grading Student Papers
General Principles of Good Writing
Mistakes of Grammar
Some Common Mistakes in Diction
Stylistic Infelicities
Language and Logic
Basic Deductive Logic
Logic Without Necessity
Varieties of Philosophy Papers
Philosophical Research on the Internet

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Joel Feinberg (Professor Emeritus, late of University of Arizona) was widely recognized as one of America's leading political and social philosophers. Acclaimed both for his ground-breaking scholarship and his exemplary teaching skills, Feinberg published widely on topics such as individual rights, legal theory, capital punishment, the treatment of the mentally ill, civil disobedience, and environmental ethics. Before joining the University of Arizona faculty, he taught at Brown, Princeton, and Rockefeller universities. Feinberg was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1987-88 to work in Japan and served as chairman of the National Board of Officers in the American Philosophical Association in the mid-1980s. Some of the royalties from Reason and Responsibility have been used to establish the Regents Professor Joel Feinberg Dissertation Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

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