By Clare Saunders, Danielle Lamb, David Mossley, George MacDonald Ross

Doing Philosophy presents a pragmatic consultant to learning philosophy for college students. The publication bargains counsel on:

Reading and examining philosophical texts
Preparing for and collaborating in seminars
Choosing essay topics
Constructing arguments and fending off plagiarism
Using libraries, the web and different resources
Technical phrases, sorts of expression and logical notation

Doing Philosophy outlines the problems and demanding situations confronted by means of scholars and the intriguing scope of the topic as a result. The ebook makes use of examples of philosophical texts from quite a lot of authors to discover innovations that permit the coed to boost severe studying talents. The e-book additionally deals suggestion on taking notes, studying arguments, utilizing assets successfully, and writing philosophical essays.

Concise and available, this ebook equips the scholar with the instruments had to be triumphant at undergraduate point, offering a number of sensible thoughts for tackling initiatives first-year pupil will necessarily come across.

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His work raises some deep issues about whether a philosophical picture of the world worked out from basic principles is possible or desirable. Read through the following paragraph and see if you can identify the main point Descartes is trying to make: READING PHILOSOPHY 39 We are diverted from true knowledge by many preconceptions which we have accumulated since birth. This is because we were born without speech, and we made various judgments about sensible things before our reason was fully developed.

It is up to you to get the best out of the reading you do. Philosophy encourages direct engagement. This means working towards really understanding what is going on so that you feel confident enough to create and defend your own interpretations, which may well be different from (and potentially better than) the ones that you might be offered by a lecturer or a textbook. There is a great deal to be gained by thinking about what else a text could mean and trying out your own ideas, as long as you fairly represent what the text says and provide good evidence and arguments for your views.

2. Think about what you want from the text: a good grasp of the arguments? A framework for understanding some- READING PHILOSOPHY 29 thing else? An understanding of a concept that is new to you? 3. Use the text’s own form to guide your reading: it has the structure it does for a reason. 4. Take your time: being slow is not a problem, and often a benefit in philosophy. 5. Make notes and jot down your own ideas as you go along: engage with the ideas from the start, challenge and test them. Hopefully there is nothing too surprising in this list, but thinking about reading as a structured activity should help you to engage with difficult material.

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