Writing Advice for Students
This is a list of advice for writing and reading philosophy compiled for undergraduate students.
- Angela Mendelovici's "Sample Philosophy Paper" -- This is a good example of what a paper in an introductory course in philosophy should strive to accomplish.
- MIT's "Pink Guide to Philosophy" -- This is a good and thorough guide to taking philosophy courses.
- Jim Pryor's Philosophy Guides -- Pryor's guides are a bit dated, but they provide a lot of good advice for students encountering philosophy for the first time.
- Philosophy Bakes Bread Podcast, episode #48: How to Read Philosophy -- This short episode of PBB explores an underrated reading technique: slowreading.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) -- The OWL is probably the best source for academic paper writing on the internet. There's even a whole section on argumentative essays that is really useful for philosophical writing.
- Argument Stoppers -- This is more for discussion boards than essays, but these are phrases that show up in essays a lot as well. Avoid using argument stoppers!
- Rules for History of Philosophy -- This is another somewhat specialized source, but it contains lots of really good policies and heuristics for doing (and writing!) philosophy well.
- Philosophy Study Guide -- There are a lot of guides like this one floating around. They generally appeal to the same kinds of considerations: philosophy is hard, try to be clear, try to be charitable, etc.