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Wadsworth Cengage Learning offers a full range of texts, text-readers, and anthologies for virtually all philosophy, logic, and ethics courses. We are also dedicated to the development and support of the latest educational media and technology for instructors and students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534585273
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/4/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Zachary Seech is the coordinator of the philosophy program at Palomar College. He is also the author of OPEN MINDS AND EVERYDAY REASONING, 2e, published by Wadsworth.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vi
Introduction     viii
First Things First     1
Know the Assignment     1
Know the Criteria for Evaluation     2
Schedule Your Time     3
Types of Philosophy Papers     5
Philosophy Courses and Sample Paper Topics     5
What You Will Find in This Book     7
Thesis Defense Papers     8
Developing a Thesis     8
The Opening and Closing Paragraphs     10
The Body of the Paper     12
Arguing for the Thesis     13
Tone     14
Premises, Conclusions, and Transitions     14
Presenting Other Sides     15
Consistency     16
Special Kinds of Papers     18
Compare-and-Contrast Papers     18
Research Papers     21
Summary Papers and Explanatory Papers     22
Writing and Revising the Paper     25
Getting Started     26
Mapping and Outlining     27
Rough and Final Drafts     30
Plagiarism     31
Responding to Criticism     33
Writing Style     34
Word Processing Tools     35
Language     37
Precision of Expression     37
Overstatement     37
Vagueness     38
Definition     39
Grammar     40
Complete Sentences     40
Agreement between Parts of a Sentence     41
Case     42
Misplaced Sentence Parts     43
Missing Referents     44
Parallelism     44
Punctuation     46
Gender     48
Scholarly Terms and Abbreviations     49
Terms     49
Abbreviations     50
Spelling     50
Commonly Misspelled Words in Philosophy     51
Plurals of Philosophical Terms     52
Capitalization     52
Good Reasoning     54
An Introductory Example     55
Making a Strong Case for Your View     55
Counterexamples and Generalizations     56
Two Kinds of Misdirection     57
Fallacies     57
Two Special Kinds of Evidence     59
Testimonial Evidence     59
Analogical Evidence     61
Internet and Other Research Sources     62
The Internet      62
What You Can Find on the Internet     63
How to Find It     64
How to Evaluate It     65
Where to Find Books Online     67
Journals, Reference Works, and Libraries     67
Reference to Other Sources     72
Bibliography     72
Listing Books     73
Listing Articles in Periodicals     75
Listing Internet Sources     77
Documentation with Footnotes or Endnotes     78
Citing Books: First Reference     78
Citing Articles: First Reference     79
Citing the Internet     80
Second and Subsequent References to Books and Articles     80
Commentary Notes     81
Parenthetical Documentation     82
Other Systems of Documentation     83
A Special Consideration for Using Internet Sources     84
Editing Your Paper     85
Sample Paper with Documentation     94
Formal Patterns of Logic     103
Validity and Soundness     103
"If" Statements and Arguments     106
"All" Statements and Arguments     112
Universal Syllogism     112
Universal-to-Particular Syllogism      113
Bibliography     115
Index     117
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