Tips in Writing a Philosophy Book

by | Aug 28, 2021 | writing tips | 0 comments

Writing a philosophy book requires certain specific elements to make it a reputable body of work.

Show your basic idea/thesis.

From the get-go, you must declare your precise thesis right away. From the title, the first sentences, and the introductory chapter, it should be clear what you want to prove or show to your audience. Philosophy is science, and whatever idea you want your readers to absorb should be presented from the beginning. In formulating your thesis, theme, or title, go directly to the point and avoid unnecessary introduction or nuances. Be straight about it, and the more concise, the better you can attract those you want to read your work.

Record ideas through letters

Just like writing novels and works of non-fiction, it is important to document one’s thoughts, no matter how far-fetch or ambiguous the idea may sound. Jotting down ideas, epiphanies, and even questions are essential to organize your material. The Book of It by Richard Scott Rahn is an interesting philosophical book that involves years and years of research, discoveries, and even questioning. For author Richard Scott Rahn, his book summarizes many years of keeping notes, diaries, and journals. It has served him well in his pursuit of knowledge and answers. There is no doubt they will serve your book as well.

Don’t use ambiguous words.

We want to tell grand stories and showcase a profound idea. However, sometimes presenting those ideas in a grand, scholarly manner can alienate us from a wider audience. Some things are best presented in simple words and layman’s terms. There are philosophical concepts, postulates, and themes that require us to level with the average reader. After all, isn’t that the whole point of writing a book? To make people understand a particular truth or idea and to encourage a healthy and productive discussion. The simpler you write, the better the outcome will be for your book.

Make use of poetry & stories.

Writing a philosophy book doesn’t have to be boring. Many philosophical books require tedious reading, and it’s a major turn-off for readers. Whether it’s a non-fiction or fiction philosophy novel, the book should be compelling and, at the same time, entertaining for your audience. One way to get your readers’ attention is to use other literary forms and incorporate them into your work. Poetry, short stories, even fables, and myths can provide a pleasant break from lengthy text and prose of philosophical material. Be creative in presenting ideas, arguments, and concepts as not to tire down your audience.

Ready evidence and answers

For the most part, writing philosophy books involves a lot of answering questions and defending arguments. That is why you must know your thesis, your objectives and know them well enough to provide counter-arguments or provide enlightenment to your audience. Unlike authors of fiction or novel, writers of philosophy books are often put under the microscope not only by literary critics but also by their readers, chief among them fellow philosophers. One way to avoid being in the spotlight is to ensure that your book contains read arguments and answers.

Present conclusion & sources

This is perhaps the most crucial element when you are writing a philosophy book. It has to have a conclusion and chapters that are definitive. One enemy of this type of book is ambiguity and the absence of a declarative statement at the end. It’s alright to present honest questions and be open for debate or arguments, but you must ensure that your conclusion is relevant to your premise and the idea you are trying to share with your audience. Another critical element to support your book is canon sources. Reliable support materials and resources cement your argument and add reputation to your work.

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