Printable documents:

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on practical reason.

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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on:

                                        Kant's Account of Reason.

                                        Informal Logic

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).  This is a very helpful site, chock full of information.  They address every aspect of writing.


Advice on writing

“There seems to be a sort of fatality in my mind leading me to put at first my statement or proposition in a wrong or awkward form. Formerly I used to think about my sentences before writing them down; but for several years I have found that it saves time to scribble in a vile hand whole pages as quickly as I possibly can, contracting half the words; and then correct deliberately. Sentences thus scribbled down are often better ones than I could have written deliberately.”

 Darwin, Charles.  Autobiography of Charles Darwin.  1881.

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“If a man has a house to build, his hand does not rush, hasty, into the very doing: the work is first measured out with his heart’s inward plumb line, and the inner man marks out a series of steps beforehand, according to a definite plan; his heart’s hand shapes the whole before his body’s hand does so, and his building is a plan before it is an actuality.  Poetry herself may see in this analogy what law must be given to poets: let not the hand be in rush toward the pen, nor the tongue on fire to utter a word” (132)

 Copeland, Rita.  “Chaucer and Rhetoric.”  The Yale Companion to Chaucer.  Seth Lerer,
            editor.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006; pp. 122-43.

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“To write a really good summary, you must be able to suspend your own beliefs for a time and put yourself in the shoes of someone else.…readers should not be able to tell whether you agree or disagree with the ideas you are summarizing.”

“If, as a writer, you cannot or will not suspend your own beliefs in this way, you are likely to produce summaries that are so obviously biased that they undermine your credibility with readers.”

Graff, Gerald; Cathy Birkenstein.  They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic
.  New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2006.