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How to Write a Philosophy Paper

Step by step guide to writing a philosophy paper.

Write Well

"We write to make sense of it all."

―Wallace Stegner

Image source: Wolfgang Glock.  Public domain.  Wikimedia Commons.

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Donna Miller
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Philosophical writing differs from other writing.  In a philosophy paper, one must make a reasoned defense of some claim.  

Virtues of a good philosophy paper include: 

1.  Claims must be defended, reasons must be offered;


2.  Modesty--should make a small point;


3.  Originality;


4.  Clarity, simplicity, straightforwardness;


5.  Logical organization.

Think of this LibGuide as a map:  it will help you to determine the lay of the land, so to speak, offering guidance, tools, and resources to help you write your philosophy paper.

Sources:  Bagnoli, Carla. Writing a Philosophy Paper. University of Wisconsin.  ND.  Pryor, Jim. Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper.  New York University. 2006.  Image source:  Kbh3rd. CC BY-SA-2.0. Wikimedia Commons.