LaTeX for Philosophers

Suppose you have a LaTeX2e article and you want to send it to a fancy philosophy journal but you discover that the editors frown on LaTeX submissions. Nevermind that for a journal to prefer Word to LaTeX is like a radio station preferring stereo 8 to digital; you want the editor to read your paper, and it doesn’t set a good first impression to send him something that is formatted nicely, er, incorrectly. But oh the misery of Word! The indig-(Ker-Plunk!)-nities of its equation editor! Why so much unnecessary suffering?

Well, now it is easy to give your articles the antique look and feel of old-fashioned WYSWYG document files. Your manuscript will look just like all the others in the pile! Instructions and links to the necessary packages are found at LaTeX for Philosophers. A brief description is under the fold.

The first option is Allin Cottrell’s aptly named style file “brain_damage.sty”. This is used with the LaTeX article document class, and it generates something that looks like it was written with a mechanical typewriter. Instructions are in the comments of this file, which is found here.

However, brain_damage only applies to text: all math environments appear in the default roman font, which can be a bit jarring if you have some mathematics within the text. So, I’ve modified brain_damage.sty to produce output that uses roman fonts for both text and mathematics. You’ll also need natbib and apalike to get the citations to appear correctly. Links and instructions are found at


LaTeX for Philosophers — 1 Comment

  1. Clarification: the default settings in philosophy.sty use endnotes, so you will need to use the endnotes package together with philosophy.sty and put ‘\noteshere’ in your .tex file, just like the example code on the LaTeX for Philosophers page.

    To flip from philosophy manuscript mode to your favorite article class, simply comment out \usepackage{endnotes,philosophy} and also comment out \noteshere. You’ll still have the peculiar citations formatting, but your footnotes and article page layout will return.

    You may also change the default settings in philosophy.sty to turn off endnotes, if you wish.

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