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Welcome to the study of philosophy; I hope that you will enjoy your pursuit of the discipline and find it rewarding in many ways. Below, you will find short descriptions of what this section has to offer.

Course Syllabi
If you are a student and have lost your syllabus, here's a handy reference. Some syllabi contain direct links to websites integral to the course's subject.

Guide to Writing
If you are begining your first philosophy class, you may find what is expected in your written work to be somewhat different from what is expected in other disciplines.

Guide to Reading
A "Guide to Reading?" It's not as odd as it may sound. Stylistically, written works of philosophy can be quite different than what you may be used to reading. However, this guide can help you better prepare so that in the end you've grasped more than you might have before. Also be sure that you consider the very best counterarguments to your view - do not attack "a strawman." It is a waste of time to demolish obviously hopeless arguments.

Glossary of Terms
Included here is brief discussion of a series of terms that you are likely to encounter during the course of your studies. This glossary is taken from The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy. For expanded information visit the Research Center.

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