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Philosophical Writing: An Introduction [Paperback]

A. P. Martinich
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Table of Contents

Notes to the Second Edition.


Part I: Author and Audience.

1. The Professor as Audience.

2. The Student as Author.

Part II: Logic and Argument for Writing.

3. What is a Good Argument?.

4. Valid Arguments.

5. Cogent Arguments.

6. Consistency and Contradiction.

7. Contraries and Contradictions.

8. The Strength of a Proposition.

Part III: The Structure of a Philosophical Essay.

9. An Outline of the Structure of a Philosophical Essay.

10. Anatomy of an Essay.

Part IV: Composing.

11. How to Select an Essay Topic.

12. Techniques for Composing.

13. Outlining.

14. Successful Elaboration.

15. Conceptual Note Taking.

16. Research and Composing.

17. Polishing.

18. Evolution of an Essay.

Part V: Tactics for Analytic Writing.

19. Definitions.

20. Distinctions.

21. Analysis.

22. Dilemmas.

23. Counterexamples.

24. Reductio ad Absurdum.

25. Dialectical Reasoning.

Part VI: Some Constraints on Content.

26. The Pursuit of Truth.

27. The Use of Authority.

28. The Burden of Proof.

Part VII: Some Goals of Form:.

29. Coherence.

30. Clarity.

31. Conciseness.

32. Rigor.

Part VIII: Problems with Introductions:.

33. Slip Sliding Away.

34. The Tail Wagging the Dog.

35. The Running Start.

Appendix A: "It′s Sunday Night and I have an Essay Due Monday Morning.".

Appendix B: Glossary of Philosophical Terms.


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