Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

Argumenta Issue 17

Including the Special Issue on Epistemological Issues in the Manifest and the Scientific Images
November 2023 • 13 articles



It is with particular pleasure that I write my usual Editorial Note this time, and that for at least three reasons.

The first is that the present number of Argumenta opens with a Special Issue edited by Mario Alai and Francesco Orilia, dedicated to Epistemological Issues in the Manifest and the Scientific Images, as its title makes clear. Since this follows the Special Issue published in the previous number and under the title Logical and Ontological Issues in the Manifest and the Scientific Images, it is my firm conviction that, in light of the two Special Issues, the reader can avail herself of one of the most comprehensive and updated analyses of a topic of enduring importance on the contemporary philosophical scene.

The second reason is that the number includes the article Non-Persistent Truths written in 2012 by one of the leading and world-renowned Italian philosophers of language, Andrea Bonomi, an article that for him represents the most significant fruit of a long and important inquiry into the topic of temporalism. In particular, Bonomi provides linguistic reasons to support the hypothesis that evaluations yielding different truth-values at different times are perfectly possible. Bonomi’s article inaugurates a new category of articles in Argumenta: “Target Articles”. These are theoretical arguments written by leading authors in the field, directing attention to stimulating new theoretical ideas. Target articles are selected by the Editorial Board from among the research articles accepted for publication and become the focus for critical discussions; up to three short commentaries will be selected via a call for papers and published in the succeeding issue.

And the third reason is that this is the first time Argumenta hosts a “Critical discussion”, thus inaugurating a strand that we hope will foster the broadest possible discussion of themes at the centre of current philosophical interest. Opening the strand is Giuseppe Spolaore, who takes a close look at Patrick Todd’s book, The Open Future: Why Future Contingents Are All False.

The present number also includes three articles that have already appeared in ‘early view’ (by Mauro Dorato, Brian Garrett, and Giulia Luvisotto and Johannes Roessler), and that have already made and will continue to make significant contributions to discussion in their respective fields.

The number is then rounded off by the section of Book Reviews. We are proud to offer readers three new thoughtful reviews of as many interesting books.

Finally, I would like to thank all the colleagues who have acted as external referees, the members of the Editorial Board, the Editors of the Special Issue, the Editors of the Book Reviews, and the Assistant Editors. All of them have been very generous with their work, advice, and suggestions. Let me mention in particular the team of assistant editors, who once more proved to be the invaluable aid that they have always been.

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

Buona lettura!

Massimo Dell’Utri