Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

Argumenta Issue 8

May 2019 • 11 articles



In line with the general policy of this journal, which is to publish contributions in analytic philosophy “broadly conceived”, the core element of the present number is a Special Issue devoted to G.W.F. Hegel’s thought. It is entitled Naturalism and Normativity in Hegel’s Philosophy and it is edited by Guido Seddone.

Granted, in recent decades several distinguished thinkers associated with the area of analytic philosophy have been taking Hegel as their major reference point, but all in all there are still very few collections of papers substantially revisiting the components of his thought that are most relevant for contemporary philosophy. It is such a gap that the present Special Issue seeks to fill.

Together with the Special Issue comes an article by Michael Shaffer focused on a central kind of reasoning—induction—perhaps the most central kind of reasoning we constantly deploy. In the course of the article Shaffer explores the merits of two different approaches to inductive inference—Reichenbach’s and Russell’s—highlighting how comparison between them calls attention to the opposition between extensional and intensional metaphysical presuppositions.

The article by Shaffer is followed by Yuval Eylon’s All Constitutive Rules Are Created Equal, a discussion of an article that appeared in the previous issue of Argumenta. This nicely meets the spirit of this journal, which is to foster as much as possible the back-and-forth of debate, and we are particularly happy that Eylon’s discussion significantly advances this purpose.

As usual, the section of Book Reviews completes the number. In this section the readers will find a careful assessment of what we deem to be three very interesting books—Thinking About Things by M. Sainsbury, Relations: Ontology and Philosophy of Religion edited by D. Bertini and D. Migliorini, and Mereology: A Philosophical Introduction by G. Lando.

Finally, I want to thank all the colleagues who have acted as referees, and especially the Assistant Editors, who this time shouldered the burden of a really heavy workload.

All the articles appearing in Argumenta are freely accessible and freely downloadable, therefore it only remains to wish you:

Buona lettura!


Massimo Dell’Utri