Writing in Philosophy


Essay writing in philosophy involves the application of reasoning and logic to understand, appraise, and critique the arguments of others and develop one's own arguments. When writing in philosophy you are always making an argument! The technical dimensions of the essay must also be exemplary: essays should have effective signposting, a clear thesis statement, the material discussed should only be included if relevant to the argument, and referencing must be diligent and accurate. All of these elements are skills that can be mastered with practice. To help with this, below you will find a list of links to helpful resources to help you improve on your philosophical writing skills:

Finding and accessing literature

Written material:

A Brief Guide to Writing a Philosophy Paper

Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper

Formulierungshilfen (de)

Redemittel für schriftliche, wissenschaftliche Texte (de)



Crash Course - Philosophical Reasoning

Carmeades - Basic Structure of a Philosophical Paper