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Philosophy papers involve a completely unique form of writing. Unlike a basic English course, they require a stringent focus on developing a strong argument. Although teachers provide guidelines for each essay, there are still common expectations that might be left out. The following tips will help students gain a better understanding of what they need to do in a philosophy essay.
Students cannot just research a topic. This style of writing requires a thesis and a strong argument. The student must make a claim and defend it. To get the best grade, the defense must be reasonable. There might not be one correct answer, but there are certainly wrong answers. The thesis must be reasonable and supportable.
The teacher may have specific expectations in their prompt. Before starting the research process, students should read through the prompt to make sure that they are familiar with the expectations. Other than the prompt, the teacer will expect the student to do one of the following things:
The paper may cover one or two of these topics. This list is not exhaustive, but it contains some of the most common styles of philosophy papers. For each of these writing styles, the student will have to justify any claims that they make. Even if the argument seems clear to the student, they will still need to make it understandable for the reader.
For the student to receive a high score, they must demonstrate a completely original idea. Since most of these essays will be fairly short, the student should focus on a specific topic. For the best argument and clarity, the topic must be small enough to write about in just 5 to 10 pages. In this short space, there should never be an earth-shattering development or ambitious claim. The student does not have time to discuss the meaning of life in five pages. Instead, they should focus on a key detail that can be expanded upon.
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