This fifth edition of How to Write a Philosophy Essay: A Guide for Students (previous editions titled A Guide to Researching and Writing Philosophy Essays) was prepared in consultation with members of the Philosophy program, The University of Melbourne. For advice and assistance on this and earlier editions, thanks are due to Graham Priest, Barry Taylor, Christopher Cordner, Doug Adeney, Josie Winther, Linda Burns, Marion Tapper, Kimon Lycos, Brendan Long, Jeremy Moss, Tony Coady, Will Barrett, Brian Scarlett, and Megan Laverty. Some use was also made of materials prepared by the Philosophy Departments of La Trobe University, The University of Queensland, and The Australian National University.
Clarity is perhaps the most important goal of a student who is seeking to prove that he or she has learned how to write a philosophy essay. The student must show the professor that he or she has properly vetted the philosophical idea that is being supported or contradicted. Using good language helps to bolster the student's assertion that he or she has mastered how to write a philosophy essay. Predicting opposing viewpoints and addressing them effectively is another way in which students can demonstrate that they know how to write a philosophy essay.
How To Write a Philosophy Essay