I have some philosophy works that I want to see improved into a more succinct, scholarly text. Where can I get such help (for free if possible)?

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  • This question appears to be off-topic. This one is better suited for academia.stackexchange.com. Could the mods migrate this one? – DBK Aug 19 '14 at 11:56
  • What is your work about? – Chris Sunami Aug 19 '14 at 14:06
  • If they are relatively short (less than 10 pages) and on topics of interest to me, I'll read them and offer what criticism I can. :) – stoicfury Aug 20 '14 at 1:48
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    Update: The Academia mods don't want this question, but they referred me to this one currently on their site: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/9939/… – stoicfury Aug 20 '14 at 19:21
  • There are often writing centers at universities; and just in passing, if you actually like writing philosophy papers, you might consider taking a graduate degree ;) – Joseph Weissman Aug 21 '14 at 0:19

Nobody who has the skillset to do what you want is going to do it for free. Professional philosophers and advanced grad students are pretty busy people. Would you ask a medical doctor to help you with your medical article for free? Would you ask a lawyer to help you with your law review article for free?

  • I thought there might have been a website for this... – user8669 Aug 19 '14 at 11:01
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    Or to put shane's answer another way, there may be people who will read your paper for free, but they are probably not going to be helpful. Anyone capable of moving a paper forward and who isn't your spouse, brother, or uncle, doesn't have the time/interest to revise random papers for the fun of it. – virmaior Aug 19 '14 at 11:41
  • Well, aside from the whole journal refereeing self-exploitation business aka "service to the community" :) – DBK Aug 19 '14 at 11:54
  • @DBK -- journals don't do that level of editing for you, and they tend to reject things that are quite poor after a brief reading of the abstract without comment. – virmaior Aug 19 '14 at 12:57

semester is about to start; go join a university course asap and ask your tutor if they will help you work on some essay/s that you have already started work on. they won't be obliged to help, but they might be willing to if they think it will help you on your course.

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