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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (29 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631202811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631202813
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is an intimate and difficult–to–articulate connection between clear thinking and writing. A. P. Martinich has written a masterful book, chock full of examples, in which this connection is made explicit ... There is nothing like it in the available literature. I recommend it enthusiastically." Professor Avrum Stroll, University of California at San Diego

"Beautifully crafted, Philosophical Writing dispels the myth that the art of good writing cannot be taught. In a most engaging manner, Martinich details how students can incorporate the virtues of cogency, clarity, and directness into their writing. It is difficult to imagine any undergraduate who will not benefit from reading this exemplary book." Professor Mark Bernstein, University of Texas at San Antonio

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This is the substantially updated and revised edition of A. P. Martinich′s best–selling text, Philosophical Writing: An Introduction. It′s goal is to help those with little or no experience in philosophy to write successfully. By improving students′ ability to present their knowledge and thoughts clearly, it helps them gain confidence in their essay–writing skills.

This new edition includes three new sections on Contraries and Contradictions, Distinctions, and Definitions, as well as a glossary of those terms peculiar to philosophical prose (such as "obtain" and "straw man"). The second edition retains the highly acclaimed commentary on features of an essay, showing the evolution from draft stage to completion of a good paper, a crash course on logic, and a clear description of types of reasoning. It also discusses the special problem of being a student–author writing for a professor.


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
My philosophy tutor recommended me this book as a means to improve my essay writing. Unlike most writing guides it's not full of basic grammar, but instead specifically tailored to philosophy.
Aimed at beginners - those doing A-level or a degree - it teaches how to convey your thoughts in a clear and simple manner. The trick is to not over-complicate matters, and combine clarity, conciseness and detail where necessary.
The book also includes an initial overview of some logical argument structures, a glossary of terms and a quick summary (if you have an essay due in the next morning!). Very useful for any philosophy students.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Cartwright on 17 Jan. 2006
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This book contains a variety of hints ranging from the structuring of your essay through to the presentation of logical arguments and choosing essay titles. It presents its information in an informal, helpful fashion and really gets under the skin of the subject.
A great guide for A-Level or undergraduate philosophers, those beyond that stage should probably look to other texts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2008
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This is a good book to read before you write your first essay, unfortunately I had to pretty much learn the hard way before I read it!

The book basically has lots of information in it and it's specifically geared to Philosophy writing. It starts by saying what your audience is and what you need to demonstrate to that audience in a wry way. Furthermore it runs through some (useful) logic and then gives worked draft examples.

It also has a section called 'Help my essay's due in tomorrow and I haven't started yet!', which offers good advice to the procrastinators!

This covers a general skill area, but will be useful through your course, whereas books on specific areas (say Mill for example). will only be useful for the one course. These skills are of course useful any time you have to write something to persuade an audience.

Recommended, particularly if you're struggling to write philosophy essays which are different to the general essay style you've learned elsewhere.
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By AB S25 on 10 Dec. 2014
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I would recommend this text for any undergraduate or postgraduate in the social sciences, let alone Philosophy.

It expresses with great clarity all of the lessons I had to learn the hard way during my undergraduate years. Better yet, it expresses systematically and accessibly the core ideas pertaining to style, such that the audience can utilise these techniques readily.

I never give anything 5 stars, this isn't far off though.
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By Mr A J Bird on 6 Mar. 2013
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very well packed and came with no problems so a good result and i shall use site again for study material
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