Writing for Pharos- Our Style

This document contains some suggestions as to how you can make your submissions clear, entertaining and philosophical. This list is not supposed to constrain you, its function is purely to suggest and to indicate the content we would be most excited to receive. If you are unsure as to whether an article that you want to write is suitable for Pharos, contact us at the Facebook page or via our email at pharoseditorialteam@gmail.com and we will discuss your pitch with you. Without further ado, here are some suggestions:

Be Clear

If you use any specialist terms, make sure you explain them. Assume that your audience is intelligent but interdisciplinary. This does not mean “no use of philosophical terminology”, merely that all technical wording should be accompanied with exposition. 

Let your reader know why you are writing the article. Your motivation for writing the article should be clear within the first paragraph or so: what is it you want to argue? Why do you think that it is important?

Be ENgaging

Avoid “in this essay I will”s. Explicit sign-posting phrases like “in conclusion” or “so far I have argued that” are very helpful in course-essays, but they can put off readers. 

Don’t be afraid to make the article personal. Using your own examples or otherwise making it clear to your audience why you are so interested in what you are writing about helps to carry the reader’s attention and make your writing more memorable.

Be Philosophical

There is no one way to write philosophically. Here are some ideas:

  1. Do some untethered philosophy of your own. This is the type of article that forms and tackles a philosophical question. The question could be about how we communicate with each other, what is the right thing to do, how we know what we know, or any other philosophically important area. 
  2. Apply a philosopher’s work to an original problem. This could be a contemporary issue with a non-contemporary philosopher, or a much-treaded issue with a little-known philosopher. 
  3. Relatedly, apply a philosophy (existentialism, stoicism etc…) to an original problem

Or, interview a philosopher, write a poem, write a philosophical short story or a book review. We want to provide a platform for Warwick’s philosophers, whatever their method.

Word Count: Essays should ideally be between 1000 and 3000 words. Any shorter and it is unlikely that there will be sufficient analysis displayed, any longer and it will be unlikely to be consistently engaging throughout. Sometimes we will still publish essays above or below these word counts, but only in exceptional circumstances.

If you have any questions after this, then contact us.