I don't exactly know what type of format you are referring to. If you are talking about "format" format, then MLA style is the best to use. If you are talking about "how to write a philosophical thesis," or more precisely "how to write an academically presentable paper," then you would want a supported thesis with abstract.THESIS STATEMENT
. A thesis statement is basically an assertive idea you want to put forward in your paper which you intend to prove with your own particular research and unique ideas. This is the most important part of your paper which you will revisit over and over again. Make sure you get a good thesis statement before you move on to the rest of your paper.
A thesis statement would be something like, "Corporate persons are not entitled to personhood."
It can be a sentence to a paragraph long. But the longer the thesis, the more difficult it is to keep everything together.
2 - RESEARCH
Perhaps one of the most important parts of your academic paper is the research. There are a few requirements. No doubt, the paper is about your ideas. You can talk about anything you want in order to prove your thesis (i.e. support your assertive idea). But you need research
. You yourself may not need it, but the reader will, because we assume they are also avid philosophy readers as well and will be able to draw the same conclusions you would from the same pool of texts and concepts.
So, to support my thesis statement "Corporate persons are not entitled to personhood." I need to research in specific areas such as; Corporations, Personhood, Law, etc.
Anything that would pertain to the subject of Corporate personhood and lend weight to my argument. This research may be in form of books, internet articles, etc. I would use books like West's business law, or even case citations chronicling the evolution of corporate personhood like Dartmouth College v. Woodward
or Noble v. Union River Logging Railroad Company.
This is the ammunition you will need to make a legitimate argument.
Of course some don't feel the need to provide any citations or research. or would you believe a person's argument if they provided solid evidence and acknowledged facts to support an examined thesis
. Simply, if you just put your own thoughts down and reject any outside opinions and facts, your just writing a rant and not an academic argument. I guess the informal way is just that.
3 - THESIS STRUCTURE
I don't want to make this post too long, so I'll give you a basic outline of what a thesis may look like.
a.Thesis statement, "Corporate persons are not entitled to personhood."
b.State how you are going to prove this thesis statement in your paper by outlining what steps you are going to take to prove this statement. So, I am going to prove that corporate personhood is a benefit to society by;
ii.Etymology of personhood
iii.Different accounts of personhood
iv.Corporations and personhood
1.INSERTION OF THESIS ARGUMENT.
a."Corporate persons are not entitled to personhood
because of the problematic accounts of personhood. To affirm this statement, I will examine 3 aspects of corporate personhood
i.Corporate personhood as legal fiction
ii.Corporation as a legal entity
iii.Concept of a corporation as a "loophole" person.
a.Account of what a person is according to S.F. Sapontzis.
III.ETYMOLOGY OF PERSONHOOD
IV.DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS OF PERSONHOOD
a.Accounts of personhood according to Hobbes Leviathan
"on personhood and things personated.
b.Account of personhood according to Carl J. Mayer
V.CORPORATIONS AND PERSONHOOD
a.INSERT THESIS STAMENT
b.State your arguments for why corporate persons are not entitled to personhood
VI.Corporate personhood as legal fiction
VII.Corporation as legal entity
That is a basic structure of a thesis. The abstract comes after the paper has been made and basically describes the paper in a short paragraph. If you submit your paper anywhere academically, you need an abstract.
I'm sure I could elaborate further. Hope this helps.