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Capstone projects in Philosophy are normally between 12,000 and 15,000 words (approximately 40 to 60 pages) in length. Each capstone project should include a signed cover page, a one-page abstract, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. It may also include a table of contents.
You are free to organize your capstone project as you see fit. It may be useful to think about dividing your project into chapters. Regardless of its internal structure, though, your capstone project should begin with an introduction that provides a clear overview of the project’s thesis, the major questions informing (and motivating) its analysis, and its overall goals. Each chapter or section should also be explicit about its particular thesis, as well as its relation to the project as a whole.
Your capstone project should address a significant philosophical question. This question may belong to any area of philosophical inquiry (subject to the availability of a suitable adviser). In pursuing this project, you are entering into an ongoing scholarly conversation rather than starting from scratch. Your capstone should therefore be framed as a response to the efforts of others to grapple with whatever philosophical question you are addressing.
The final draft of your capstone project should be presented as the professional endeavor that it is. It should be carefully proofread, and in matters of bibliography and citation it should conform to one of the standard citation systems employed in philosophy journals. (For more information, see the NYUAD Library's guide to bibliographies and proper citation.)
Your capstone project adviser will be asked for a written evaluation of the project, and the project will also be sent to one or more additional faculty members for evaluation. You should therefore take care that your arguments and analyses are presented clearly and in language comprehensible to any reader in the field.