Essays In Philosophy
Most philosophy assignments will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject through exposition of arguments and theories, and many will also test your ability to assess these arguments and theories by writing a critical evaluation of them.
You must say exactly what you mean and in a way that minimizes the chances of being misunderstood. There is no such thing as a piece of good philosophical writing that is unclear, ungrammatical, or unintelligible. A poor writing style militates against both of these. That is because it is neither a research paper nor an exercise in literary self-expression.It is not a report of what various scholars have had to say on a particular topic.Another common mistake is to think that your case will be stronger if you mention, even if briefly, virtually every argument that you have come across in support of your position.Sometimes this is called the "fortress approach." In actual fact, it is almost certain that the fortress approach will not result in a very good paper. First, your reader is likely to find it difficult to keep track of so many different arguments, especially if these arguments approach the topic from different directions.It is common to overestimate the strength of your own position.That is because you already accept that point of view. It is safest to assume that your reader is intelligent and knows a lot about your subject, but disagrees with you.Second, the ones that will stand out will be the very best ones and the very worst ones. Only the most compelling one or two arguments should be developed.Including weaker ones only gives the impression that you are unable to tell the difference between the two.Writing philosophy essays is a key part of studying philosophy.Make sure first to understand the assignment, looking out for the questions asked and paying attention to prompts such as “outline” or “evaluate” or “compare”.