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Writing to Learn: An Introduction to Writing Philosophical Essays Paperback – 1 Nov 1999

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Geared toward first-time philosophy students, this is a book that teaches students how to write philosophical essays.
Begins with helpful hints on how to read philosophy (chapter 2).
Chapters 3 through 7 guide students through several different types of essays, beginning with the simplest summaries, and progressing through essays that require the application of theories to new situations, the analysis and evaluation of arguments used, and finally, the synthesis of several theories or arguments.
A full chapter (chapter 8) on research papers.
A full chapter (chapter 9) on suggestions for how to get started, as well as a discussion of the mechanics of the essay.

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Anne M. Edwards has taught philosophy at Angelo State University, Austin Peay State University, Mesa Community College, Cameron University, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. The author of Educational Theory as Political Theory, she has also published a number of articles and book reviews. Her special interests are medical, educational, and legal ethics, as well as social and political theory.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 30 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent. It belongs in the same category as Strunk and Whit's book on writing. It is only 106 pages long. But the author uses every inch to deliver sound advice about writing philosophy essays in particular and other kinds of essays in general. In seperate chapters, she explains and illustrates the different kinds of essays that are assigned in college philosophy courses: essays for understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and systhesis. She even discusses how to research philosophy problems and take philosophy exams. She must have worked very hard to pack so much sound advice into such a slim volume. Any philosophy student who "understands" and applies her principles will enhance his GPA dramatically. This book should be required reading in every undergraduate and graduate philosophy course.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Helpful advice, helpfully given. 1 July 2002
By W. Mark Smillie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I started using this book in my philosophy classes as a supplement for student writing and thinking. The book uses Bloom's taxonomy to build student thinking and writing from the simply understanding what you are reading (being to able to paraphrase and summarize) to applying it, analyzing and evaluating it, and finally synthesizing it with your own beliefs. Edwards' explanations are short but very much to the point, and she includes examples both good and bad to clarify her ideas. Her basic belief I think is right on: the best way to understand a topic is to have to write about it. More people need to see this connection between thought and paper! Edwards never talks down to you either. This gives the basics principles clearly and concisely, and is an excellent way to improve philosohical thinking and writing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent advice 1 Nov 2014
By Doug Erlandson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a brief but helpful text designed to help students write well-constructed philosophical essays. As a retired teacher with close to 30 years experience teaching introductory philosophy courses, I wish I had been aware of this book when I was teaching. One thing I learned over the years is that it is very difficult for students not already familiar with philosophical reasoning to construct a well-reasoned philosophical paper. Anne Edwards' book takes the student step by step through the process, beginning with a discussion of reading philosophy (which is something that most college students have not been trained to do). Following this are chapters on writing for understanding, writing for application, writing for analysis, writing for evaluation, writing for synthesis, and using research in a philosophy paper. This is about as good an instructional manual on writing the philosophy paper as I've encountered.
Excellent addition for writing 18 Aug 2012
By Mitch - Published on
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Love the book - concise, clear, organized, and very helpful in writing arguments. I recommend it to my students for writing.
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