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Making and assessing arguments – often arguments that are large, complicated and sophisticated treatments of fundamental problems and abstract questions – are essential activities in the field of philosophy, and a great deal of writing is dedicated to them. Indeed, writing is part of the process of working through arguments for many philosophers, and reason is a guiding principle as premises are introduced and tested to arrive at logically sound conclusions. As enjoyable as such writing can be, it is also incredibly demanding. Whether you are reconstructing and explaining the argument of a famous philosopher, devising and addressing a counterargument, constructing and presenting your own original argument, inventing and conducting thought experiments or even trying to accomplish all four at once, clarity is so essential that it has been described as the greatest virtue of philosophical writing. As experts in both philosophy and language, the philosophy editors and proofreaders available through Proof-Reading-Service.com can increase your confidence in your work by helping you ensure that your writing is absolutely clear.
In philosophy each and every stage of an argument should be carefully considered and explained. Initial assumptions must be reasonable and relatively common in order to engage your reader successfully. Premises and objections also require careful explanation, and it must be clear to your audience how they relate to the overall argument and its conclusion. Examples and comparisons must be precise, and the way in which they advance the argument must be clarified in your text. Quotations from the philosophers whose work you are examining can be immensely helpful, but only if they are introduced and discussed in such a way that your readers will know exactly what they should be seeing in each quotation and precisely why you are quoting it. Conclusions to your own arguments and analyses of the conclusions of other philosophers should be specific, appropriate, sophisticated and subtle. Such writing requires extremely logical organisation, an effective structure with carefully developed paragraphs and sections, and a style that is not only precise, consistent and focussed, but also entirely correct. Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation can introduce ambiguities and confuse readers; they are also unscholarly and can seriously compromise an otherwise excellent argument. A member of our philosophy editing and proofreading team can check and correct your grammar, spelling, punctuation and formatting to eliminate errors and help you organise and present your arguments as effectively as possible.
Terminology is especially important in philosophical writing and must always be used with precision. As a general rule, it is wise to use terms that are fairly common and will be understood by most readers, even those who are not specialists in your field. At times, however, it is necessary to use and discuss the specialised terminology you find in the writing of philosophers whose arguments you are considering, and to introduce certain discipline-specific terms into your own arguments. When this is the case, it is essential to define those terms, especially any terms with multiple meanings. Once a term has been defined, consistency in its use is vital, so explanations of even subtle differences in the ways in which particular philosophers, including yourself, use those words is necessary. Sliding from one meaning of a term to another meaning without such explanation is a sign of a weak and imprecise argument, so it must be avoided at all costs. A philosophy editor or proofreader from Proof-Reading-Service.com can bring to your writing both expertise and a fresh and objective perspective, ensuring that your use of language and special terminology is clear, professional and effective.
Many of our clients are professors, postgraduate students and senior philosophers who are not native speakers of English but who wish or need to present or publish their writing in the English language. Our philosophy proofreaders and editors can assist such authors in communicating as clearly and with as much precision and sophistication in English as they could were they writing in their native language. The manuscript editing, journal article editing and dissertation proofreading services offered by Proof-Reading-Service.com can also be extremely helpful for native speakers of English who would like a second pair of professionally trained eyes to ensure that their writing contains no errors or inconsistencies in language or formatting and is generally polished to perfection. Send us your writing today, and we will be delighted to demonstrate the improvements a professional editor or proofreader can bring to your work.