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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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
Language and Logic
Basic Deductive Logic
Logic Without Necessity
Varieties of Philosophy Papers
Philosophical Research on the Internet
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