Doing Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Students (Hardback)
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Doing Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Students (Hardback)

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Hardback 194 Pages / Published: 07/04/2008
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Doing Philosophy provides a practical guide to studying philosophy for undergraduate students. Addressing the often problematic transition from A-levels to studying philosophy at university, the book offers guidance on: Reading and analysing philosophical texts Preparing for and participating in seminars Choosing essay topics Constructing arguments and avoiding plagiarism Using libraries, the internet and other resources Technical terms, forms of expression and logical notation DoingPhilosophyoutlines the difficulties and challenges faced by students and the exciting scope of the subject as a consequence. The book uses examples of philosophical texts from a wide range of authors to explore strategies that enable the student to develop critical reading skills. The book also offers advice on taking notes, analysing arguments, using resources effectively, and writing philosophical essays. Concise and accessible, the book equips the student with the tools needed to succeed at undergraduate level, presenting a variety of practical strategies for tackling tasks that a first-year student will inevitably encounter.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826498724
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm


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'This is an excellent book, and I'll definitely be advising my first-year Philosophy students to buy it. Doing Philosophy basically tells the student beginning philosophy at university everything they need to know. The topics include finding resources, reading philosophy, plagiarism, referencing, taking notes, seminar discussions, and more. In particular, I think the chapter on writing philosophy - and especially the examples of essay questions, together with advice on how to tackle them - will be hugely useful. It's easy to forget just how different writing a philosophy essay is to anything else most beginning philosophy students have done; even (perhaps especially) those who have studied philosophy at A-level.
The authors guide the student through each question, showing them how to find and filter relevant information, how to make sure they stick to the question, and how to maintain a properly philosophical approach to the topic. I'm sure beginning students - and their teachers - will be very grateful. Professor Helen Beebee, University of Birmingham, UK.

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