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Writing for Philosophy

If you are studying philosophy and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

Philosophy books

The study of philosophy invites students to consider issues that lie at the core of human life such as the purpose of life or the nature of right and wrong, and to learn about the diverse answers to these questions that philosophers have produced over the millennia up to the present day.

To write assignments about philosophy, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to philosophy go to this page:

Philosophy Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In philosophy, you will probably write essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills. 

This genre has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about essays, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all philosophy courses are the same and they might include assignments that aren't essays.