Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide is a compact and straightforward guide to the skills needed to study philosophy, aimed at anyone coming to the subject for the first time or just looking to improve their performance. Nigel Warburton clarifies what is expected of students and offers strategies and guidance to help them make effective use of their study time and improve their marks.

The four main skills covered by the book are:

  • reading philosophy - both skimming and in-depth analysis of historical and contemporary work, understanding the examples and terminology used
  • listening to philosophy - formal lectures and informal classroom teaching, preparation, picking up on arguments used, note taking
  • discussing philosophy - arguing and exploring, asking questions, communicating in concise and understandable ways
  • writing philosophy - planning and researching essays and other written tasks, thinking up original examples, avoiding plagiarism.
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'Just what is needed. It is written in an easy style that makes it eminently clear and accessible to its intended audience ... Drawing on my four decades of university teaching I don't think I could improve on the advice given.' - Michael Clark, University of Nottingham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415341806
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, UK. He has published six books with Routledge and is one of the best-selling philosophy authors of his generation.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction
Philosophy isn't a spectator sport

HABIT 1: ACTIVE READING
Don't be passive
Get an overview
Don't get bogged down in details
Look for signposts
Make sure you know the point of any example used
Look up key words in a dictionary of philosophy
Some foreign words used in philosophy

HABIT 2: ACTIVE LISTENING
The formal lecture
Pay attention to arguments
Don't expect to learn in your sleep
Prepare yourself
Listen for menus

HABIT 3: ACTIVE DISCUSSION
Discuss, Argue, Explore
Ask questions
Be concise


HABIT4: ACTIVE WRITING
Write
Analyse the question
Summary Plus Critical Discussion Questions
Comparison Questions
Application Questions
Make a plan before you start writing
Start writing sooner rather than later
Think about your reader
Be precise
Don't just allude to points. Make them!
Write clearly
Avoid convoluted sentence structure
Make a case
Make a point, back it up, show its relevance
Keep it relevant
Use paragraphs as units of thought not length
Include signposts
Use quotations sparingly
Consider counterarguments
Don't plagiarise
Online plagiarism
Avoid autobiography
Be original
Think up your own examples
Include a bibliography
Use the Internet, but use it wisely

PREPARING FOR EXAMINATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY
Revision
Write practice essays
Write practice outlines
Write examination questions
Be prepared to think

CONCLUSION

FURTHER READING
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