Paper Submission Guidelines

All written assignments should be submitted in the designated form, and should include a clear indication of the course and assignment number. Be sure to observe the designated due date; work that is turned in late will automatically receive a significantly reduced grade.

It is reasonable to expect any assignment prepared outside class to be written well, with careful attention to grammar, spelling, and usage. Philosophical writing should avoid offensive sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, and material or physical bias.

You may employ any one of the methods of attribution described in The Chicago Manual of Style, but must be consistent in both notes and bibliographies. Direct quotations from the philosophers should be taken from the standard edition of the works or the definitive English translation as listed in Richard T. DeGeorge, The Philosopher’s Guide or from the texts you have been asked to read for this course.

If you make significant use of an electronic source, remember that this deserves documentation, too, including the author’s name, titles for both the page and the site, a complete Uniform Resource Locator, and the date on which you viewed it on-line. Thus, for example, work on George Berkeley’s philosophy might include references to:

  • George Berkeley, A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Section 22. HTML edition by David R. Wilkins. < HumanKnowledge/HumanKnowledge.html#Sect22> Accessed 30 September 1998.
  • “George Berkeley,” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by James Fieser. <> Accessed 25 April 1999.
  • Garth Kemerling, “Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Philosophy Pages. <> Accessed 14 October 2000.
  • Peter B. Lloyd, “Berkeley’s Metaphysics,” Berkeley Studies. <> Accessed 23 June 1999.

Although you’re welcome to use such sources, it is not possible to write an adequate research paper using on-line materials alone. Print resources are far more extensive, detailed, and reliable.

In addition to these formal criteria, please consult the general suggestions for Writing Philosophy above.