January 27, 2005

Being a Philosophy Student – harder than it looks

I have spent the last 8 hours (on and off) trying to come up with a 750 word answer to the question:

Explain the distinction between the validity of an argument and the truth of its conclusions, and discuss the importance of this distinction both for mathematics and for experimental science.

So far I've managed 515, with nothing resembling a decent intro. This is, quite frankly, pathetic. I think I understand the question (finally), but still not fully, and I've obviously been worrying about it far too much. I just can't think of enough things to say, so I've ended up with something dry, repetitive, and probably not very good.


I will never be cruel to an arts student again. Honest.

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  1. Sarah Cooper

    Philosophy is tough!

    I have proof-read this same essay for someone else… would be happy to help out. This is, of course, because I have a 3000 essay due in tomorrow and would much rather do ANYTHING else.

    27 Jan 2005, 20:52

  2. bad sarah.

    27 Jan 2005, 21:21

  3. Mathew Mannion

    Aren't all these essays non-assessed though, you Arts Mickey-Mouse-Degree scum?

    27 Jan 2005, 21:28

  4. Yes, the assessed ones are worse.

    These ones are still compulsory.

    27 Jan 2005, 21:31

  5. Sarah Cooper

    Having to do non-assessed work is in some ways worse than having to do assessed work, because you still have to do it although you know that all your hard work won't be worth a sodding thing. If you think about it :)

    27 Jan 2005, 21:33

  6. Yes. Plus, while this is non-assessed, i'd like to be able to do the assessed essay at the end, rather than the exam. so i have to do well this time.

    Now at 647 words after a brief foray into the Meaning of Truth.

    27 Jan 2005, 21:45

  7. Mathew Mannion

    No, because it means you can just write 700 words of shit and it doesn't matter, rather than spend weeks researching stuff

    27 Jan 2005, 22:13

  8. Heh. I never research stuff very well for physics anyway.

    27 Jan 2005, 22:38

  9. Sarah Cooper

    A fair point, Mat. My perfectionism will be my downfall.

    27 Jan 2005, 22:47

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