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Philosophy of Language

Guidelines for Research Papers



Length, Topic, and Method for Research Papers


Each student is to write an original research paper of about 3,000 words (about 8 double-spaced, typed pages).


Topically, the research paper is to arise from, but go beyond, class readings and discussions by focusing on:

1)   one of the philosophers (such as Wittgenstein or Ricoeur),

2)   one of the methods (such as analysis or phenomenology), or

3)   one of the themes (such as meaning or metaphor).


Methodologically, students have various options, such as:

1)       analyzing additional works of a particular philosopher,

2)       presenting alternative interpretations from the literature on a philosophy, method or theme, or

3)   comparing two or three of the philosophers or methods in relation to a specific theme.


In addition, each research paper must have a thesis for which the student presents support.  Hence, unlike the take-home exams in this class (which are expositional), the research paper must be argumentative and must draw from sources in addition to assigned readings.


Due Date for Proposals on Research Papers


Each student is to submit an abstract (a descriptive paragraph or outline of approximately 300 words) on the proposed research paper by November 11.  Submission of the abstract before this date is advised.


Due Date for Research Papers


The research paper is due no later than December 2.  N.B.  Grades on late research papers will be lowered one letter grade for each class day they are late.