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Twentieth-century philosophy: good research paper topics

As a philosophy major you’re probably sick of the classic European and Greek philosophers (so thoroughly listed in Monty Python’s “Philosopher’s Drinking Song”!).

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

For research papers, college students may instead like to write about some famous philosophers of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Here are some good research paper topics on some modern philosophers. Read more

20th and 21st century philosophy: Good research paper topics

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Here are some tips for college students looking for good research paper topics for a philosophy major. You can use effective search terms and keywords to search the Internet for primary and secondary sources such as a scholarly article, a university’s philosophy department website, philosophy databases or online books.

Approaching a philosophy paper

According to Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy: “Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines.” It encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Because it is not science, it doesn’t rely on provable facts or research.

For your research paper, you will need to have an opinion on an issue and argue your case in a clear and logical manner. Read more