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 clinic opens on Sept. 30. and will run until December 3rd, 2019. The clinic will be open for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:00-5:00. Appointments are 30-minutes long. ***Please note that the essay clinic will NOT be open from Nov. 4th-8th for Reading week***

Do you offer drop-in appointments?

Yes. Drop-ins will be available from 2:00-5:00 on Fridays. 

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 2:00-5:00. 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 eric.correia@utoronto.ca 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).