A template for a structure of a term paper.

The following is an example (with annotations in square brackets) for a structure of your term paper (to be submitted by 17 December 2008).

  1. Introduction

    [The introduction should consist of a short motivation of the general philosophical problem, then become more precise and specify the concrete issue you'll be dealing with, and finally give a section by section overview of what you do in the paper. You can also include a subsection on "Related Work" and a subsection with the "Conclusions" in the introduction. Obviously, if you have the conclusions here, then you don't need them at the end of the paper.]

  2. X's position

    In this section, we describe X's position in detail, based on the paper [exact reference for the paper].

  3. Y's position

    In this section, we describe Y's position in detail, based on the papers [exact reference for the two papers]. We emphasize the shift of opinion between the two papers.

  4. Comparison

    In this section, we give a general framework that allows us to compare the positions of X and Y and highlight their differences. The framework will be based on ideas from the papers [exact references].

  5. Interview Study

    In this section, we describe an interview study to be made in January 2009. We shall interview at least five mathematicians about their opinions concerning the positions of X and Y. We give the transcripts of these interviews.

  6. Discussion of the Study

    Based on the results of our interview study, we now re-examine the positions of X and Y. The exact results will depend on the outcome of the interview study.

  7. Conclusions

    [A concise section that summarizes the results of the paper. Alternatively part of the introduction.]