Philosophical writing: prefacing as professing

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McCormack, Rob (2008) Philosophical writing: prefacing as professing. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 40 (7). pp. 832-855. ISSN 1469-5812


If you do not wish to construe philosophical discourse as simply a discourse of cognition, a theoretical discourse; if you think it is also a practical, ethical discourse: how should you write? How should you frame the ethos, the authority of your discourse? This article re-presents an extended preface I wrote and rewrote obsessively over a period of nearly two years in an effort to forge a voice and mode of address adequate to my sense of philosophical discourse as a practical discourse, whilst also being accountable to the generic requirements of a PhD. As the textual record of this struggle, the value of this text must remain primarily in its capacity to evoke or provoke similar generic memories or ambitions in the reader.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00377.x
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Subjects Current > Division/Research > VU College
Historical > FOR Classification > 2203 Philosophy
Historical > SEO Classification > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Keywords ResPubID15000, philosophy, genre, prefacing, Cavell
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