Writing Philosophy

Because the first book of most professional philosophers is a revised dissertation, Watson presents a plan for writing that dissertation in such a way that its chapters will serve as publishable articles and the dissertation itself will ...

Author: Richard A. Watson

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809318105

Category: Philosophy

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Richard A. ("Red") Watson has published fiction, general nonfiction, and scholarly books. His essay "On the Zeedijk," about Descartes in Holland and first published in The Georgia Review, was the lead essay in The Pushcart Prize XV, 1990–1991: Best of the Small Presses. Red knows writing. He also knows academe and has written Writing Philosophy as a kind of survival manual for undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty members in philosophy. Also helpful to those in the humanities and the social sciences, the book is a guide to the professional writing and publishing that are essential to an active participation in the conversation and discussion that constitute these professional fields. To the extent that publication is the crucial factor in tenure decisions, it will help the beginning scholar meet tenure criteria. Despite the importance of the oral tradition in philosophy and the influence of the dialogue, many philosophical points are so intricate and complex that they can be advanced, followed, and criticized only if they are written as stepwise arguments for study and contemplation at length and at leisure. Watson provides a set of basic principles and a plan for writing argumentative papers of 1,500 to 15,000 words (3 to 30 printed pages) and books containing a sequence of sustained arguments of 70,000 to 150,000 words (200 to 300 printed pages). Because the first book of most professional philosophers is a revised dissertation, Watson presents a plan for writing that dissertation in such a way that its chapters will serve as publishable articles and the dissertation itself will need very little rewriting as a book. His discussion of the principles of reason, clarity, and argument ranges from such topics as dangling participles and the proper usage of ellipses to matters of categorization and univocity.

Academic Writing Philosophy and Genre

Yet philosophy's pedagogies—at least those parts predominately oral and ... of philosophy have conditioned and become the basis of academic writing (and ...

Author: Michael A. Peters

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405194006

Category: Education

Page: 128

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This book investigates how philosophical texts display a variety of literary forms and explores philosophical writing and the relation of philosophy to literature and reading. Discusses the many different philosophical genres that have developed, among them letters, the treatise, the confession, the meditation, the allegory, the essay, the soliloquy, the symposium, the consolation, the commentary, the disputation, and the dialogue Shows how these forms of philosophy have conditioned and become the basis of academic writing (and assessment) within both the university and higher education more generally Explores questions of philosophical writing and the relation of philosophy to literature and reading

Philosophical Writing

The new edition offers a companion website where students can easily access additional examples and expanded coverage of other helpful topics relating to philosophical writing.

Author: A. P. Martinich

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119010036

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Philosophical Writing: An Introduction, 4th Edition, features numerous updates and revisions to A. P. Martinich s best–selling text that instructs beginning philosophy students on how to craft a well–written philosophical essay. Features an entirely new chapter on how to read a philosophical essay, new sections on quantification and modality, and rhetoric in philosophical writing, as well as more updated essay examples Includes many new essay examples and an accompanying website with further topics and examples Traces the evolution of a good philosophical essay from draft stage to completion Emphasizes what a student should do in crafting an essay, rather than on what not to do Written with clarity and humor by a leading philosopher

Philosophy and the Art of Writing

philosophical writing has in fact , wittingly or not , been attuned to the relation between style and content . But considerable work has been done to ...

Author: Berel Lang

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838750303

Category: Philosophy

Page: 246

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Writing To Reason

Instead of making the same comments and corrections in one paper after another, instructors simply refer students to the relevant numbered section of the book for detailed explanations of key points.

Author: Brian David Mogck

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405170994

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 131

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A guide to writing philosophy essays which addresses the needs of instructors as well as students. It is a valuable aid to grading papers that facilitates communication between instructors and students. It also presents the steps of writing a philosophical essay. It addresses common mistakes and confusions about philosophical writing.

Philosophy Writing and the Character of Thought

First, Philosophy: The quest for a first philosophy remains unexamined. Writing in an Extramoral Sense: Thinking is theft without guilt.

Author: John T. Lysaker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226815855

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Lysaker examines the relationship between philosophical thought and the act of writing to explore how this dynamic shapes the field of philosophy. Philosophy’s relation to the act of writing is John T. Lysaker’s main concern in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought. Whether in Plato, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, or Derrida, philosophy has come in many forms, and those forms—the concrete shape philosophizing takes in writing—matter. Much more than mere adornment, the style in which a given philosopher writes is often of crucial importance to the point he or she is making, part and parcel of the philosophy itself. Considering how writing influences philosophy, Lysaker explores genres like aphorism, dialogue, and essay, as well as logical-rhetorical operations like the example, irony, and quotation. At the same time, he shows us the effects of these rhetorical devices through his own literary experimentation. In dialogue with such authors as Benjamin, Cavell, Emerson, and Lukács, he aims to revitalize philosophical writing, arguing that philosophy cannot fulfill its intellectual and cultural promise if it keeps to professional articles and academic prose. Instead, philosophy must embrace writing as an essential, creative activity, and deliberately reform how it approaches its subject matter, readership, and the evolving social practices of reading and reflection.

System and Writing in the Philosophy of Jacques Derrida

Derrida , Jacques - Contributions in philosophy of writing . 2. Writing - Philosophy . 3. System theory . 1. Title . 11. Series . P85.047J64 1993 194 - dc2o ...

Author: Christopher Johnson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521448522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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This is an important new critical analysis of Derrida's theory of writing, based on close readings of key texts. It reveals a dimension of Derrida's thinking that has been neglected in favor of those "deconstructionist" cliches favored by much recent literary criticism. Christopher Johnson highlights the special character of Derrida's philosophy that comes from his contact with contemporary natural science and with systems theory. This study casts new light on an exacting set of intellectual issues facing philosophy and critical theory today.

Politics Philosophy Writing

Speaking is preferable to writing, and conversation is preferable to ... The Phaedrus concludes with an image of the philosopher as a gardener (276b-d).

Author: Zdravko Planinc

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 082626302X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 261

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The leading scholars represented in Politics, Philosophy, Writing examine six key Platonic dialogues and the most important of the epistles, moving from Plato's most public or political writings to his most philosophical. The collection is intended to demonstrate the unity of Plato's concerns, the literary quality of his writing, and the integral relation of form and content in his work. Taken together, these essays show the consistency of Plato's understanding of the political art, the art of writing, and the philosophical life.

The Methodology and Philosophy of Collective Writing

This multi-authored collection covers the methodology and philosophy of collective writing. It is based on a series of articles written by the authors in ...

Author: Michael A. Peters

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000404036

Category: Education

Page: 232

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This multi-authored collection covers the methodology and philosophy of collective writing. It is based on a series of articles written by the authors in Educational Philosophy and Theory, Open Review of Educational Research and Knowledge Cultures to explore the concept of collective writing. This tenth volume in the Editor's Choice series provides insights into the philosophy of academic writing and peer review, peer production, collective intelligence, knowledge socialism, openness, open science and intellectual commons. This collection represents the development of the philosophy, methodology and philosophy of collective writing developed in the last few years by members of the Editors’ Collective (EC), who also edit, review and contribute to Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT), as well as to PESA Agora, edited by Tina Besley, and Access, edited by Nina Hood, two PESA ‘journals’ recently developed by EC members. This book develops the philosophy, methodology and pedagogy of collective writing as a new mode of academic writing as an alternative to the normal academic article. The philosophy of collective writing draws on a new mode of academic publishing that emphasises the metaphysics of peer production and open review along with the main characteristics of openness, collaboration, co-creation and co-social innovation, peer review and collegiality that have become a praxis for the self-reflection emphasising the subjectivity of writing, sometimes called self-writing. This collection, under the EPAT series Editor’s Choice, draws on a group of members of the Editors’ Collective,who constitute a network of editors, reviewers and authors who established the organisation to further the aims of innovation in academic writing and publishing. It provides discussion and examples of the philosophy, methodology and pedagogy of collective writing. Split into three sections: Introduction, Openness and Projects, this volume offers an introduction to the philosophy and methodology of collective writing. It will be of interest to scholars in philosophy of education and those interested in the process of collective writing.

Philosophy and Writing

Philosophy and Writing The Greeks were great thinkers. They thought, and wrote, about practically everything. This book sets out what the Greeks thought and ...

Author: Anne Margaret Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317478461

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 80

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Explores the history of the great tradition of classical Greek literature and philosophy.

Reading Philosophy Writing Poetry

Introduction When on the third-century Chinese poet Lu Ji 陸機(261–303) reflected the act of writing in his work of metaliterature, “Rhapsody on Literature” ...

Author: Wendy Swartz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781684170951

Category: History

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"In a formative period of Chinese culture, early medieval writers made extensive use of a diverse set of resources, in which such major philosophical classics as Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Classic of Changes featured prominently. Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry examines how these writers understood and manipulated a shared intellectual lexicon to produce meaning. Focusing on works by some of the most important and innovative poets of the period, this book explores intertextuality—the transference, adaptation, or rewriting of signs—as a mode of reading and a condition of writing. It illuminates how a text can be seen in its full range of signifying potential within the early medieval constellation of textual connections and cultural signs.If culture is that which connects its members past, present, and future, then the past becomes an inherited and continually replenished repository of cultural patterns and signs with which the literati maintains an organic and constantly negotiated relationship of give and take. Wendy Swartz explores how early medieval writers in China developed a distinctive mosaic of ways to participate in their cultural heritage by weaving textual strands from a shared and expanding store of literary resources into new patterns and configurations."

Story and Philosophy for Social Change in Medieval and Postmodern Writing

... Almethea.10 Both Philosophy and the sibyl are female figures from antiquity who appear to the troubled writers and guide them through their distress.

Author: Allyson Carr

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319637457

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This book bridges medieval and contemporary philosophical thinkers, examining the relationship between fiction and philosophy for bringing about social change. Drawing on the philosophical reading and writing practices of medieval author Christine de Pizan and twentieth-century philosopher Luce Irigaray, and through an engagement with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s work on tradition and hermeneutics, it develops means to re-write the stories and ideas that shape society. It argues that reading for change is possible; by increasing our capacity to perceive and engage tradition, we become more capable of positively shaping the forces that shape us. Following the example of the two women whose work it explores, Story and Philosophy works through philosophy and narrative to deeply transform the allegorical, political, and continental tradition it engages. It is essential reading for students and scholars interested in medieval studies, feminist studies, and critical theory.

Philosophy Between the Lines

Philosophy Between the Lines is the first comprehensive, book-length study of the history and theoretical basis of philosophical esotericism, and it provides a crucial guide to how many major writings—philosophical, but also theological, ...

Author: Arthur M. Melzer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022647917X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 471

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Philosophical esotericism—the practice of communicating one’s unorthodox thoughts “between the lines”—was a common practice until the end of the eighteenth century. The famous Encyclopédie of Diderot, for instance, not only discusses this practice in over twenty different articles, but admits to employing it itself. The history of Western thought contains hundreds of such statements by major philosophers testifying to the use of esoteric writing in their own work or others’. Despite this long and well-documented history, however, esotericism is often dismissed today as a rare occurrence. But by ignoring esotericism, we risk cutting ourselves off from a full understanding of Western philosophical thought. Arthur M. Melzer serves as our deeply knowledgeable guide in this capacious and engaging history of philosophical esotericism. Walking readers through both an ancient (Plato) and a modern (Machiavelli) esoteric work, he explains what esotericism is—and is not. It relies not on secret codes, but simply on a more intensive use of familiar rhetorical techniques like metaphor, irony, and insinuation. Melzer explores the various motives that led thinkers in different times and places to engage in this strange practice, while also exploring the motives that lead more recent thinkers not only to dislike and avoid this practice but to deny its very existence. In the book’s final section, “A Beginner’s Guide to Esoteric Reading,” Melzer turns to how we might once again cultivate the long-forgotten art of reading esoteric works. Philosophy Between the Lines is the first comprehensive, book-length study of the history and theoretical basis of philosophical esotericism, and it provides a crucial guide to how many major writings—philosophical, but also theological, political, and literary—were composed prior to the nineteenth century.

From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences

From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences should be valuable for historians of science, but also of great interest to scholars of all aspects of 19th-century life and culture.

Author: David Cahan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226089282

Category: Science

Page: 456

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During the 19th century, much of the modern scientific enterprise took shape: scientific disciplines were formed, institutions and communities were founded and unprecedented applications to and interactions with other aspects of society and culture occurred. taught us about this exciting time and identify issues that remain unexamined or require reconsideration. They treat scientific disciplines - biology, physics, chemistry, the earth sciences, mathematics and the social sciences - in their specific intellectual and sociocultural contexts as well as the broader topics of science and medicine; science and religion; scientific institutions and communities; and science, technology and industry. From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences should be valuable for historians of science, but also of great interest to scholars of all aspects of 19th-century life and culture.

Writing Philosophy Papers

Zachary Seech ! : Writing Philosophy Papers Second Edition Zachary Seech Palomar College Belmont.

Author: Zachary Seech

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004049730

Category: Philosophy

Page: 149

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Sound reasoning is the basis of good philosophy. Writing Philosophy Papers is the only handbook that clearly and concisely introduces philosophy students to four basic kinds of papers - thesis defense, comparison-and-contrast, research, and summary - commonly assigned in philosophy courses. First published in 1993, Writing Philosophy Papers continues to help thousands of students learn the basics of philosophical logic and the elements of a well-reasoned paper. It contains specific instruction on planning, selecting a topic, doing research, writing, revising, and presentation. It also has a new chapter on informal logic that helps readers polish their persuasive writing skills. Based on the author Zachary Seech's experience as a philosophy professor and writing instructor, Writing Philosophy Papers addresses the basic questions most students have when faced with writing a philosophy paper, such as how to handle documentation and how to use the school library. In addition, new material on accessing The Philosopher's Index and using computer-based references makes Writing Philosophy Papers an indispensable desk reference for every philosophy student.

Between Philosophy and Poetry

This book explores three areas: the practice of writing with respect to orality; the interpretive modes of poetic and philosophical discourse as self-narration and historical understanding; and, how rhythm marks the differential spaces in ...

Author: Massimo Verdicchio

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781847141248

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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Between Philosophy and Poetry examines the complex and controversial relation that has informed literary theory since ancient times: the difference between philosophy and poetry. The book explores three specific areas: the practice of writing with respect to orality; the interpretive modes of poetic and philosophical discourse as self-narration and historical understanding; how rhythm marks the differential spaces in poetry and philosophy. The book brings together some of the most prominent international scholars in the fields of philosophy and literature to examine the differences between orality and writing, the signs and traces of gender in writing, the historical dimension of the tension between philosophical and poetic language, and the future possibility of a musical thinking that would go beyond the opposition between philosophy and poetry. In the final instance, rhythm is the force to be reckoned with and is the essential element in an understanding of philosophy and poetry. Rhythm in effect provides a musical ethics of philosophy, for musical thinking goes beyond the metaphysical opposition between philosophy and poetry and sets the frame for post-philosophical practice. Contributors: Amittari F. Aviram, Babette Babich , Eve Taylor Bannet, Stephen Barker, Alexandro Carrera, Richard Detsch, Karen Feldman, David Halliburton, Richard Kearney, Carlo Sini, P. Christopher Smith, Forrest Williams