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Solid Reference for philosophy,
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This review is from: Philosophical Writing: An Introduction (Paperback)
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.