Selected Topics in Writing an Academic Paper
The a im of this text is to introduce students to a variety of factors that contribute to strong, well-organised writing. The following text will concentrate on selected topics and problematic aspects in preparing a cohesive and well-organised academic paper, such as: the relation between thinking and writing, establishing arguments and using logic and appropriate language in argumentative writing. In the following chapters the subject matter of philosophy is understood in presenting relevant arguments. Thus, the primary focus of a philosophy paper is the argument. An argument in philosophy is not merely a disagreement between people. An argument is a set of premises or reasons that are presented as support or grounds for believing a conclusion. If a claim is true, then there must be some good reasons for believing it. ← 7 | 8 → The goal of a good argument is to present and defend true conclusions.
Philosophy is devoted to uncovering and clarifying the reasons that support conclusions and separating them from the claims that allegedly support the conclusion but fail. In philosophy papers we present, explain, and critically evaluate arguments. In some cases, a famous and influential argument will be the subject of a paper assignment. Sometimes a philosophy paper assignment will require a presentation and explanation of two or more arguments. Some philosophy paper assignments will ask you to present your own argument for your own conclusion about a given subject. Before the writing itself it is necessary to get ready for acquiring writing...
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