Philosophy Essay Clinic

What is the Philosophy Essay Clinic?

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 undergraduate 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 essay clinic will be accepting appointments on the following days and times from September 28th – December 11th, 2020 (possibly into the final assessment period – check back later for updates)

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm, 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm
Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm

Do you offer drop-in appointments?

**Drop-ins will not be available for the 2020 Fall Term**

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 indicated. There is no guarantee that you will be able to see the clinician during drop-in hours if the clinic is busy.

How do I use the Clinic?

To arrange an appointment, students should email with their preferred dates and times (within the schedule above), course code and student number. You must send your paper or draft by email to the clinician 24-hours prior to your appointment. Details will be provided when your appointment is scheduled.

Where is the Essay Clinic?

The essay clinic will be held virtually via Blackboard Collaborate. We will send details and a link when you have booked your appointment.