Category Archives: Writing

Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis – reviewed in Times Higher Education

As previously mentioned, Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press – it is reviewed in The Times Higher Education by Robert Eaglestone – thanks to Dean Bond for the link. Here’s the concluding … Continue reading

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Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Some interesting writing and publishing advice here. Here’s the heavily compressed version: Do one thing well. Flatten the structure. Say it once, say it right. Try paragraph re-planning. Make the motivation clearer. Strengthen the argument tokens. Improve the data and … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco – How to Write a Thesis (MIT Press)

Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press. By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Research Production – some interesting writing advice at Daily Nous

The Mechanics of Research Production – some interesting writing discussion and advice at Daily Nous. This isn’t just relevant to philosophy. There are many little everyday steps leading up to the production of a philosophical manuscript. Charles Rathkopf (CUNY) writes in … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Last Decade – Update 19: a nearly complete first draft

Since the last update I’ve spent two long days working on the individual chapter files, checking and rechecking things, filling in references, and reorganising some things. In particular I reworked all the parts on the lettres de cachet. I’ve decided … Continue reading

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Mary Beard on ‘How to Write’

in her TLS column, classicist Mary Beard discusses ‘How to write‘. Other than the updates on the Foucault book, I’ve not written much about writing recently on this site. But I have done in the past – there is a … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Last Decade – Update 17

I’ve made good progress on Chapter 9 around Christmas and the New Year. A productive day in the British Library today filled in some missing references to primary or secondary material Foucault utilised, as well as tracking down two little-known … Continue reading

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Michael Watts interviewed by Stuart Elden for Society and Space

There is a long interview I conducted with Michael Watts (University of California, Berkeley) available open access at the Society & Space open site. We talk about, among other things – his first book Silent Violence (recently available in a new edition); … Continue reading

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How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors

The Guardian has a good piece on ‘How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors‘. There are also pieces on overcoming writer’s block and other topics.

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The most important academic books to me from 2014

A non-systematic, alphabetically ordered list of the academic books published this year I read and most liked – the photo is of some that were to hand. Louis Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism (Verso) Ben Anderson, Encountering Affect: Capacities, Apparatuses, Conditions (Ashgate) Étienne Balibar, Equaliberty: … Continue reading

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