Joining the IEP Staff

Everyone working at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a volunteer. We are especially looking for someone who knows the details of using LaTeX with WordPress,  and who can produce html code from the output of Microsoft Word’s equation editor. The workload should be about two articles per year.

Also, we would love to find someone who can serve as an additional recruiting editor who will actively recruit authors of articles in various areas of philosophy. A recruiting editor needs a Ph.D. in philosophy. To volunteer, send an email to the general editor Brad Dowden at

Our volunteer positions can be filled for a short time period; you do not need to make a long-term commitment.

Area Editors

Philosophy professors are encouraged to e-mail the editor with requests to be an area editor for the IEP. Please check our list of area editors for open positions. The primary responsibilities of area editors include:

  1. maintaining a list of most needed articles in the area,
  2. occasionally recruiting authors for articles,
  3. coordinating peer evaluation of articles submitted, and
  4. making a decision about whether to publish submitted articles.


We are seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks at different skill levels:

  • Projects Manager: Contact  delinquent authors who have promised articles and negotiate a new completion date. Ideally, this person should have a philosophy Ph.D. and a university affiliation.
  • Copy editors: Copy editors read through newly accepted articles and make the appropriate changes. Ideally, volunteers for this task should have a B.A. degree in some humanities discipline, such as philosophy, English, or history, and have basic copyediting skills. [At the moment we have more copy editors than we need.]
  • Recruiters: To help expand the number of articles and the breadth of coverage of important areas of philosophy, we seek recruiters who will seek out potential authors and request submissions. Candidate must have a Ph. D. in philosophy.
  • Graphic Designer: Every six months, the IEP receives an article whose line drawings need revising or whose photo needs some minor alteration. [At the moment we do not need a graphics designer.]
  • Graphic Permissions Consultant: A person who is knowledgeable about obtaining the proper permissions for posting picture and graphics in the IEP.
  • Computer consultants: The IEP is in regular need of special help with computer-related issues, such as ensuring that the articles written in LaTeX or the Word Equation Editor display properly in our WordPress program.

There is no work schedule required. Volunteers work at their own pace when they have time available. Feel free to turn down a work request if you happen to be busy. To volunteer, send an email to the general editor Brad Dowden at

Active Volunteers

  • Current: Nathan Allen, Elisa Bezençon, Heidi Bowles, Kal Curran, S. D. Hodell, Tyler Loveless, Scott Meltzer, Meah Mostafizur Rahman, Greg Stokley, Mark Weinfurter.
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Technical Help

  • Technical Editors and Consultants: Joshua Dowden (San Francisco Web Designer), and Bryan Foltz.
  • Legal Consultant: Brian Butler
  • The IEP is run on WordPress, an open-source publishing platform. Josh May customized the design based on a default theme, with programming done by Alex Bundy.
  • The IEP is housed on the University of Tennessee at Martin’s main web server, which is maintained by the University’s Computer Center.
  • The former IEP graphics and layout program were designed by Marilynn Lawrence; the former indexing program was written by Chris Caldwell.

An encyclopedia of philosophy articles written by professional philosophers.