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WRITING IN PHILOSOPHY: REPLY TO FREDERICK

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2021

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Frederick (2021, see the preceding article) offers a critique of my writing tips aimed at undergraduate students coming to philosophy – and in many cases, essay writing – for the first time (Earp, 2021, in this volume) Frederick claims that most of my tips are good tips but characterizes two of them as bad tips, as follows:

Bad tip 1. Be very careful about making any universal claims (involving words such as ‘every’, ‘never’, ‘always’). Such a claim can be refuted by just a single counterexample. Do not leave yourself open to such refutation. Make a universal claim only if you are sure that there are no counterexamples.

Bad tip 2. Pick a smaller, more narrow thesis and argue for it thoroughly rather than a more ambitious thesis for which you argue less thoroughly.

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Earp, B. D. (2021) ‘Some Writing Tips for Philosophy’, Think 58 (this volume).Google Scholar
Frederick, D. (2021) ‘Critique of Brian Earp's ‘Some Writing Tips for Philosophy’, Think 58 (this volume).Google Scholar

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