Second, the ones that will stand out will be the very best ones and the very worst ones. Only the most compelling one or two arguments should be developed.
Including weaker ones only gives the impression that you are unable to tell the difference between the two.
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For better or for worse, your paper is all that is available. The responsibility for ensuring the accurate communication of ideas falls on the shoulders. Can he or she read your entire paper through without getting stuck on a single sentence? In general terms, do not be content simply to get your paper out of your hands. Clear writing reflects clear thinking; and that, after all, is what you are really trying to show.
You must say exactly what you mean and in a way that minimizes the chances of being misunderstood. There is no such thing as a piece of good philosophical writing that is unclear, ungrammatical, or unintelligible. A poor writing style militates against both of these.
Another common mistake is to think that your case will be stronger if you mention, even if briefly, virtually every argument that you have come across in support of your position.
Sometimes this is called the "fortress approach." In actual fact, it is almost certain that the fortress approach will not result in a very good paper. First, your reader is likely to find it difficult to keep track of so many different arguments, especially if these arguments approach the topic from different directions.
That is because it is neither a research paper nor an exercise in literary self-expression.
It is not a report of what various scholars have had to say on a particular topic.