Practical Instructions For Writing A Philosophy Dissertation
All of those hours of sacrifice and burning the midnight oil are about to pay off. You’re very close getting that doctorate in philosophy you always wanted to achieve. What is left is to write a dissertation. This is an opus magnus in academia; the text that shows you have mastered the study of philosophy and can contribute to the knowledge base. Here some things to keep in mind in writing this work.
- Prepare A Sound Thesis. You have to settle on a topic that is more than just repeating what has already been written. You have to have an original thesis for your dissertation. This is something that is not been explored before, and will add significantly to the field of philosophy. Take your time deciding. Besides adding to the field, you’re going to have to defend this work and a good thesis is fairly easy to defend.
- Do All The Research. Having decided what you’ll be writing about USB working on the research. A literature review is going to be very helpful and is also part of the doctoral requirements. You may discover in doing the research there is a better area to explore. You can change direction provided you have the approval of your advisor.
- Write clearly. Many doctoral students are tempted to write in a highly pompous style, thinking it will make them look more at authority. You end up boring your review committee and that is a major mistake. Always use easy to understand language. Only use technical terminology when you have to, keeping your audience interested in what you are writing.
- Be Careful About Formatting. This is a very serious stumbling for a lot of students. The faculty advisor and the department itself is very serious about proper format. If you do not do that you can expect to have your dissertation return to you, with the understanding you will have to reformat.
- Be Willing To Do Editing and Revision Work. These are the basics of any writing an extremely important when you are doing that doctoral dissertation. You may also be asked by your advisor to do some revisions. Except that as just part of the process. If necessary, have someone else read to work. This is a fresh set of eyes to find mistakes and offer some useful suggestions.
This is perhaps the last exercise you will be required to do as a student. If your work is accepted and approved by the committee, you will receive the degree you worked to get. Always keep the ultimate goal in mind while you do this. All the effort is going to pay off.