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Students of many subjects are always recommended to treat their academic material in a certain way, or to adopt a particular way of engaging that material. For example, math students are asked to structure their thinking according to certain intermediate steps. This isn't only a way to express an answer, but actually to think through a problem. Is there anything like this in philosophy? How do you read philosophy? What kind of thinking routine do you follow?

There are a number of argumentative moves that philosophers typically make, and you will become familiar with them as you read and write more philosophy. You can find examples of these moves in Jim Pryor's guidelines on reading philosophy and writing philosophy papers: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/reading.html http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html