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.
When does it run?
The clinic hours will be open starting September 29th until December 6th. It will be open for appointments on the following days and times:
Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm
Fridays from 1:00pm-5:00pm*
*The hours on November 25th will run from 9:00am-1:00pm.
As the final week of classes is shorter, we will offer spots on December 5th from 8:00-11:00am and December 6th from 1:00-4:00pm.
During busy periods, we may offer additional timeslots.
Do you offer drop-in appointments?
**Drop-ins will not be available for the 2022 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Due to high demand for clinic services, students will be limited to only 2 scheduled appointments at any time and only 1 appointment per week.
Where is the Essay Clinic?
The essay clinic will be held virtually via Zoom. We will send details and a link when you have booked your appointment.