The Philosophy Student Writer's Manual

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-21
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Master basic skills of philosophical writing


The Philosophy Student Writer’s Manual, 3/e provides readers with the tools needed to write successful philosophy papers. The manual includes general background information on philosophy, helpful writing strategies, research tips, format instructions, and more. This user-friendly guide includes samples of excellent student writing that serve as concrete models for quality philosophical writing.


Author Biography

Anthony Graybosch is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico.  Graybosch received his BA from Fordham University and his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  He teaches Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, American Philosophy, and Moral Issues in Parenting.  Graybosch is author of numerous philosophy articles in applied ethics, social philosophy, and epistemology as well as The Philosophy Student Writer’s Manual.  He is also co-editor with Joel Rudinow of Ethics and Values in the Information Age (Wadsworth 2001).  Graybosch was a Fulbright Lecturer at Tel Aviv University (1990), Eotvos Lorand University (1991), and the University of Gdansk (1997-99).  He also taught at the University of Central Oklahoma and Mount Senario College.


Stephen Garrison is Professor of English and Creative Writing, former Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).  He received a BA and an MA from Baylor University and a PhD from the University of South Carolina.  Garrison teaches writing, creative writing, fiction, and poetry.  Author of the novel Shoveling Smoke (Chronicle Books 2003), Garrison has co-authored seven writer’s manuals in separate disciplines with Gregory Scott and has published numerous scholarly works.  Garrison served as Fulbright Lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (1989-90).  His wife, the novelist Constance Squires (Along the Watchtower, Riverhead Trade 2011) teaches writing at the University of Central Oklahoma.


Gregory Scott is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Scott received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Oral Roberts University, and an MA and a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Virginia.  He taught an array of political science courses, specializing in political philosophy (ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary) and religion and politics. He is the faculty editor for CHOICES: An American Government Reader (Pearson Higher Education, 2000-2013) and is author or co-author of eleven political science and writing texts published by Pearson Higher Education.


Table of Contents

In This section:

1)    Brief Table of Contents

2)    Detailed Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Write Competently

Chapter 2. Communicate Effectively

Chapter 3. Cite Sources Properly         

Chapter 4. Argue Effectively

Chapter 5. Avoid Fallacies

Chapter 6. Write an Argument for Action

Chapter 7. Consider Some Options for Introductory Courses

Chapter 8. Define and Apply Your Personal Ethics

Chapter 9. Apply Ethics to Public Policies

Detailed Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Write Competently

    1.1 Learn the Basics of Good Writing

    1.2 Avoid Errors

Chapter 2. Communicate Effectively

    2.1 Learn Philosophy by Writing

    2.2 Think Intelligently by Writing

    2.3 Invent by Writing

    2.4 Get Going on Your First Draft

    2.5 Now: Write More Drafts!

    2.6 Format Your Paper Professionally

Chapter 3. Cite Sources Properly

    3.1 Make Some Thoughtful Choices

    3.2 Use Source Material Ethically

    3.3 Learn the Documentary-Note System

Chapter 4. Argue Effectively

    4.1 Argue, Don’t Squabble

    4.2 Argue Deductively or Nondeductively

    4.3 Recognize Validity and Soundness

    4.4 Employ Valid Forms of Arguments

    4.5 Argue Cogently

    4.6 Enjoy the Nuance of Argument

    4.7 Structure Your Philosophy Paper Logically

Chapter 5. Avoid Fallacies

    5.1 Identify Formal Fallacies

    5.2 Identify Informal Fallacies

    5.3 Practice the Five Fallacy Steps

    5.4 Calculate Probabilities

    5.5 Master Emotive Language

    5.6 Practice Identifying Fallacies

Chapter 6. Write an Argument for Action

    6.1 Influence Policy with a Position Paper

    6.2 Research Your Paper Discriminately

    6.3 Research Your Paper Methodically

Chapter 7. Consider Some Options for Introductory Courses

    7.1 Clarify a Topic in the History of Philosophy

    7.2 Clarify a Philosophical Problem

    7.3 Clarify Your Personal Values

Chapter 8. Define and Apply Your Personal Ethics

    8.1 Discover the World of Ethics

    8.2 Distinguish Facts from Values

    8.3 Explore Traditional Approaches to Ethics

    8.4 Explore the Role of Ethics in Politics

    8.5 Evaluate a Professional Code of Ethics

    8.6 Write an Ethics Case Study

Chapter 9. Apply Ethics to Public Policies

    9.1 Enter the World of Policy Analysis

    9.2 Appreciate the Power of Policy Analysis

    9.3 Analyze Policy Effectively

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