Start reading Philosophical Writing: An Introduction on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Philosophical Writing: An Introduction

Philosophical Writing: An Introduction [Kindle Edition]

A. P. Martinich
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £16.99
Kindle Price: £13.88 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.11 (18%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £13.88  
Paperback £14.61  
Unknown Binding --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Product Description


A. P. Martinich understands that clear thought and clear writing go hand in hand. His latest revision of Philosophical Writing makes a good book even better. It should be a companion to virtually every philosophy course. John Corvino, Wayne State University

Every teacher of philosophy struggles to explain to students how to write a coherent, well–argued philosophical essay. Martinich solves this problem, explaining fully the steps needed for a successful paper. I strongly recommend it. Avrum Stroll, University of California, San Diego

Itself a model of lucidity, Philosophical Writing shows how to infuse clear thinking into prose. The new tips and sample essays make this edition an indispensable resource for both students and teachers." Jo Ann Carson, Texas State University

Martinich s guide to philosophical writing is a gem. Most exciting, I think, is the guidance about how to prepare an essay through a successive elaboration of a first account of the paper s argument. No teacher of undergraduates in philosophy should be without it. Michael Morgan, Indiana University

Product Description

Substantially updated and revised, the third edition of Philosophical Writing is designed to help those with little or no experience in philosophy to think and write successfully.
  • Traces the evolution of a good philosophical essay from draft stage to completion
  • Now includes new examples of the structures of a philosophical essay, new examples of rough drafts, tips on how to study for a test and a new section on how to utilize the internet effectively
  • Written with clarity and wit by a bestselling author

  • Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1965 KB
    • Print Length: 216 pages
    • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (9 Jun 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000VYSV3I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    • X-Ray:
    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

    More About the Author

    Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

    Customer Reviews

    4.1 out of 5 stars
    4.1 out of 5 stars
    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful hints 9 Sep 2002
    By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE
    My philosophy tutor recommended me this book as a means to improve my essay writing. Unlike most writing guides it's not full of basic grammar, but instead specifically tailored to philosophy.
    Aimed at beginners - those doing A-level or a degree - it teaches how to convey your thoughts in a clear and simple manner. The trick is to not over-complicate matters, and combine clarity, conciseness and detail where necessary.
    The book also includes an initial overview of some logical argument structures, a glossary of terms and a quick summary (if you have an essay due in the next morning!). Very useful for any philosophy students.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to essay writing 17 Jan 2006
    This book contains a variety of hints ranging from the structuring of your essay through to the presentation of logical arguments and choosing essay titles. It presents its information in an informal, helpful fashion and really gets under the skin of the subject.
    A great guide for A-Level or undergraduate philosophers, those beyond that stage should probably look to other texts.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Reference for philosophy 2 Sep 2008
    By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is a good book to read before you write your first essay, unfortunately I had to pretty much learn the hard way before I read it!

    The book basically has lots of information in it and it's specifically geared to Philosophy writing. It starts by saying what your audience is and what you need to demonstrate to that audience in a wry way. Furthermore it runs through some (useful) logic and then gives worked draft examples.

    It also has a section called 'Help my essay's due in tomorrow and I haven't started yet!', which offers good advice to the procrastinators!

    This covers a general skill area, but will be useful through your course, whereas books on specific areas (say Mill for example). will only be useful for the one course. These skills are of course useful any time you have to write something to persuade an audience.

    Recommended, particularly if you're struggling to write philosophy essays which are different to the general essay style you've learned elsewhere.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    4.0 out of 5 stars A necessary text 10 Dec 2014
    By AB S25
    I would recommend this text for any undergraduate or postgraduate in the social sciences, let alone Philosophy.

    It expresses with great clarity all of the lessons I had to learn the hard way during my undergraduate years. Better yet, it expresses systematically and accessibly the core ideas pertaining to style, such that the audience can utilise these techniques readily.

    I never give anything 5 stars, this isn't far off though.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
    Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

    Customer Discussions

    This product's forum
    Discussion Replies Latest Post
    No discussions yet

    Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
    Start a new discussion
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in

    Search Customer Discussions
    Search all Amazon discussions

    Look for similar items by category