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Unlike other writing guide books, WRITING PHILOSOPHY PAPERS is written specifically for philosophy students as an all-in-one guide to the mechanics of writing philosophy papers in particular. From the conception of a thesis, through the research and organization of an essay, Seech introduces students to the organization, style, and reasoning of several varieties of philosophy papers (compare and contrast, research, and summary and explanatory). Widely used and highly praised in three prior editions, WRITING PHILOSOPHY PAPERS is an innovative resource for today's philosophy students and a book that will serve these students well in any additional philosophy classes in which they should be so enlightened to enroll!
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Zachary Seech is the coordinator of the philosophy program at Palomar College. He is also the author of OPEN MINDS AND EVERYDAY REASONING, 2e, published by Wadsworth.Review:
Preface. Introduction. 1. FIRST THINGS FIRST. Know the Assignment. Know the Criteria for Evaluation. Schedule Your Time. Types of Philosophy Papers. Philosophy Courses and Sample Paper Topics. What You Will Find in This Book. 2. THESIS DEFENSE PAPERS. Developing a Thesis. The Opening and Closing Paragraphs. The Body of the Paper. Arguing for the Thesis. 3. SPECIAL KINDS OF PAPERS. Compare-and-Contrast Papers. Research Papers. Summary Papers and Explanatory Papers. 4. WRITING AND REVISING THE PAPER. Getting Started. Mapping and Outlining. Rough and Final Drafts. Plagiarism. Responding to Criticism. Writing Style. Word Processing Tools. 5. LANGUAGE. Precision of Expression. Grammar. Punctuation. Gender. Scholarly Terms and Abbreviations. Spelling. 6. GOOD REASONING. An Introductory Example. Making a Strong Case for Your View. Counterexamples and Generalizations. Two Kinds of Misdirection Fallacies. Two Special Kinds of Evidence. 7. INTERNET AND OTHER RESEARCH SOURCES. The Internet Journals, Reference Works, and Libraries. 8. REFERENCE TO OTHER SOURCES. Bibliography. Documentation with Footnotes and Endnotes to Books and Articles. Commentary Notes. Parenthetical Documentation. Other Systems of Documentation. A Special Consideration for Using Internet Sources. Appendix A: Editing Your Paper. Appendix B: Sample Paper with Documentation. Appendix C: Formal Patterns of Logic. Bibliography. Index.
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