This question deals with the methodology of academic philosophical writing.

The "paper" exercise is rather different from "dissertation", the kind of philosophical academic writing in which I have been trained in France.

Sample papers I have come across so far are mostly historical; they deal with the position adopted by a given thinker on a given subject. For example: Plato's "On Justice" or Descartes' "On Scepticism". This was the case even in Martinich's book on the method of philosophical writing.

Is it possible to find online good papers dealing with simple questions not linked to particularly famous authors? What are some of the most prestigious journals?


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PhilPapers has a few millions of papers indexed by topic and relevance, a few thousands of them with preprints freely available in the sister site PhilArchive.

If you are looking for exemplars of good work, I advise you to restrict yourself, initially, to work published in high quality journals such as Mind, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Review, Ethics, or Philosophy of Science, according to your interests. Any of the journals in the PhilPapers list of most popular journals will do, really.

Of course, not every paper in these journals is good, and there are plenty of excellent papers published in other venues, but this is perhaps a good initial rule of thumb. In any event, the "Selected recent additions" tab on the front page of PhilArchive typically has very decent papers.

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