Philosophy Essay Clinic

What is the Philosophy Essay Clinic?

*The Clinic is currently closed for the summer term and will re-open in mid-September*

The Clinic is intended to help students learn to compose philosophy essays and to deal with the special problems of philosophical writing. The Clinic is not designed to provide instruction in basic writing skills, and it certainly cannot provide individual tutorials in the subject matter of philosophy courses. What the Clinic can do is help the student identify the basic types of philosophy essay, the ways an argument can be built and the ways an essay can go wrong.

The Clinic is most helpful when an essay is in its initial stages and there is a rough draft. A last minute visit to Clinic right before a deadline is of very little value.

Who is it for?

Clinic services are available to any student enrolled in a PHL course at the University of Toronto, including courses cross-listed with other departments. Due to high demand for clinic services, students will be limited to only 2 scheduled appointments at any time and only 1 appointment per day.

When does it run?

The Philosophy Essay Clinic will be open from January 25th to April 6th. Appointments are available Mondays from 11:00-1:00 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00-2:00. These appointments are 30-minutes long.

Please arrive early as the clinician will see students on a first-come, first-served basis for drop-ins.

Do you offer drop-in appointments?

Yes. Drop-ins will be available on select Fridays from 10:00-1:00.

Please note that drop-ins are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and the clinician can only see students within the window from 10:00-1:00. There is no guarantee that you will be able to see the clinician during drop-in hours if the clinic is busy.

Drop-ins will be available on these dates:

February 2nd, February 9th, February 16th *Cancelled*, March 2nd, March 16th, March 23rd

There will be on extra drop-in session on Thursday, March 29th from 3:00-6:00pm in room 422 of the Jackman Humanities Building.

How do I use the Clinic?

To arrange an appointment, students should email with their preferred dates and times, course code and student number. It is important that students bring the following to their appointment:

1) A copy of the assigned essay topics.

2) All preliminary work.

3) A hard copy of your essay draft.

Students who miss two appointments without notifying the department ahead of time will not be allowed to book appointments for the remainder of the year.

Where is the Essay Clinic?

The essay clinic is held in room 422 of the Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street (on the North-West corner of St. George Street and Bloor Street).