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May 23, 2007

2nd Online Philosophy Conference

The 2nd Online Philosophy Conference has just entered its second (and final) week. My paper on Logical Pluralism (which is, in a way, a paper about the objects of validity) is up, with comments by JC Beall and Jonanthan McKeown-Green. I was really happy that JC agreed to comment on the paper, since he and Greg essentially wrote the book on logical pluralism. Jonathan is a good friend of mine from my graduate days. He had the office nextdoor to mine for a while at Princeton, but he has since returned to Auckland, where (some of you may be interested to note) there is currently a vacancy in logic. Anyway, the paper is only 14 pages long, and I'd be really grateful for any comments.

The Online Philosophy Conference is well worth supporting of course, and this week it also features papers from Derek Pereboom, Jeff McMahan, Caspar Hare, John Martin-Fischer and Jonathan Dancy.

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May 15, 2007

Manuscript Preparation (geek notes)

Today I've been getting my book manuscript ready for its final submission to Oxford University Press. Nothing very exciting - just working out how to get LaTeX to comply with their "Notes to Authors" instructions. I thought I'd make some notes here about solutions I've discovered to the various problems.

First up, Oxford want all notes to appear as endnotes - regardless of whether they will appear as footnotes or endnotes in the finished book. These endnotes can come either after each chapter or at the end of the entire text, but there has to be a new page for each chapter's notes. The notes have to be in the same sized font as the ordinary text, and they must be double spaced, with lots of margins for the copy-editors to use.

One way to achieve this is using the endnotes package, which seems to have been included with my installation of TeXShop (it isn't on C-tan, which surprised me.) In the preamble write:

\usepackage{endnotes}

and then:

\let\footnote=\endnote

That will remove all your footnotes. To get them replaced as endnotes, insert the following at the end of each chapter:

\newpage
\begingroup
\setlength{\parskip}{4ex}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.5}
\renewcommand{\enotesize}{\normalsize}
\theendnotes
\endgroup

You can change the spacing between notes by messing with the "\parskip" number, fontsize by messing with the "\enotesize" value, and spacing within notes by changing the figure for "\baselinestretch". All these changes seem to be happily restricted to the notes themselves.

Next issue: If you're submitting files, OUP want the endnotes as files separate from the chapters themselves. How does one split up the entire .pdf output without buying some incredibly expensive Adobe product?

If you're working on a Mac, this is easy: from within the output pdf, go to "print", input the range of pages you want turned into a .pdf and select "pdf > save as pdf" from the bottom left hand corner of the print dialogue box. Voila!

Additions, amendments and suggestions welcome in the comments.

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