Writing Philosophy: A Guide for Canadian Students, Canadian Edition

Paperback | August 24, 2012

byLewis Vaughn, Jillian Scott McIntosh

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This concise manual deftly guides students through the process of writing argumentative, exegetical, and expository essays. With a clear and engaging style, this second Canadian edition incorporates samples of student writing and an abundance of examples carefully chosen to resonate withpost-secondary students, making it the ideal resource for any philosophy course.

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This concise manual deftly guides students through the process of writing argumentative, exegetical, and expository essays. With a clear and engaging style, this second Canadian edition incorporates samples of student writing and an abundance of examples carefully chosen to resonate withpost-secondary students, making it the ideal reso...

Lewis Vaughn is a textbook author and freelance writer who has published extensively on philosophy, ethics, humanism, and critical thinking. Jillian Scott McIntosh is senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of British Columbia and taught at the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.34 inPublished:August 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart One: Reading and Writing1. How to Read PhilosophyAsking the Big QuestionA Different Kind of Reader- Rule 1-1 Approach the Text with an Open Mind- Rule 1-2 Read Actively and Critically- Rule 1-3 Identify the Conclusion First, Then the Premises- Rule 1-4 Outline, Paraphrase, or Summarize the Argument- Rule 1-5 Evaluate the Argument and Formulate a Tentative JudgmentWriting a Paraphrase or SummaryApplying the Rules2. How to Read and Evaluate an ArgumentPremises and ConclusionsJudging Arguments- Rule 2-1 Know the Basics of Deductive and Inductive Arguments- Rule 2-2 Determine Whether the Conclusion Follows from the Premises- Rule 2-3 Determine Whether the Premises Are TrueApplying the Rules3. Rules of Style and Content for Philosophical Writing- Rule 3-1 Write to Your Audience- Rule 3-2 Avoid Pretentiousness- Rule 3-3 Keep the Authority of Philosophers in Perspective- Rule 3-4 Do Not Overstate Premises or Conclusions- Rule 3-5 Do Not Rely on Rhetorical Questions- Rule 3-6 Treat Opponents and Opposing Views Fairly- Rule 3-7 Write Clearly- Rule 3-8 Avoid Inappropriate Emotional Appeals- Rule 3-9 Be Careful What You Assume- Rule 3-10 Write in First Person- Rule 3-11 Avoid Discriminatory Language4. Exegetical and Expository Writing (NEW)- Rule 4-1 Be Charitable when Characterizing the Views of Others- Rule 4-2 Provide Evidence that your Interpretation Is Correct- Rule 4-3 Use Quotations Judiciously- Rule 4-4 Draw on Context- Rule 4-5 If Appropriate, State Why the Issue Matters5. Defending a Thesis in an Argumentative EssayBasic Argumentative Essay Structure- Introduction- Argument Supporting the Thesis- Assessment of Objections- Conclusion- A Well-Built EssayWriting the Essay: Step By Step- Step 1 Select a Topic and Narrow It to a Specific Issue- Step 2 Research the Issue- Step 3 Write a Thesis Statement- Step 4 Create an Outline of the Whole Essay- Step 5 Write a First Draft- Step 6 Study and Revise Your First Draft- Step 7 Produce a Final DraftAn Annotated Sample Paper6. Avoiding Fallacious ReasoningStraw ManAd HominemAppeal to PopularityAppeal to TraditionGenetic FallacyEquivocationAppeal to IgnoranceFalse DilemmaBegging the QuestionHasty GeneralizationSlippery SlopeAppeal to Pity and Appeal to FearFallacy of CompositionFallacy of Division7. Using, Quoting, and Citing Sources- Rule 7-1 Know When and How to Quote Sources- Rule 7-2 Do Not Plagiarize- Rule 7-3 Cite Your Sources Carefully- Rule 7-4 Build a Bibliography if NeededPart Two: Writing and Grammar Guide8. Writing Effective Sentences- Rule 8-1 Make the Subject and Verb Agree in Number and Person- Rule 8-2 Express Parallel Ideas in Parallel Form- Rule 8-3 Write in Complete Sentences, Not Fragments- Rule 8-4 Connect Independent Clauses Properly- Rule 8-5 Delete the Deadwood- Rule 8-6 Put Modifiers in Their Place- Rule 8-7 Be Consistent in Tense, Voice, Number, and Person- Rule 8-8 Communicate Pronoun References Clearly9. Choosing the Right Words- Rule 9-1 Select Nouns and Verbs Precisely- Rule 9-2 Prefer the Active Voice- Rule 9-3 Use Specific Terms- Rule 9-4 Avoid Redundancy- Rule 9-5 Be Aware of the Connotations of Words- Rule 9-6 Learn to Distinguish Words That Writers Frequently Mix Up- Rule 9-7 Strive for Freshness; Avoid Cliches- Rule 9-8 Do Not Mix Metaphors- Rule 9-9 Beware of Awkward RepetitionAppendix A: Formatting Your PaperAppendix B: Documenting Your SourcesAppendix C: Grammar HandbookIndex

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"This is a superior text, and I think the Canadian focus is most appropriate." -- James Kow, King's University College