Ontological Commitment

[New Entry by Phillip Bricker on November 3, 2014.] Ontology, as etymology suggests, is the study of being, of what there is. The ontologist asks: What entities or kinds of entity exist? Are there
[New Entry by Phillip Bricker on November 3, 2014.] Ontology, as etymology suggests, is the study of being, of what there is. The ontologist asks: What entities or kinds of entity exist? Are there [More]

Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language

2014.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Finlay, Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
2014.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Finlay, Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN [More]

Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Post-Structuralists

2014.11.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Lumsden, Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Post-Structuralists, Columbia
2014.11.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Lumsden, Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Post-Structuralists, Columbia [More]

Bertolt Brecht’s Marie-Antoinettism

Bertolt Brecht’s bad breath. Poor dress, poor hygiene, poor manners: It was his way of showing solidarity with the proletariat…
Bertolt Brecht’s bad breath. Poor dress, poor hygiene, poor manners: It was his way of showing solidarity with the proletariat… [More]

Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

Human character changed on or around June 1995. Who can help us make sense of the barrage of texts, tweets, newsfeeds, and emails? Rebecca Solnit…
Human character changed on or around June 1995. Who can help us make sense of the barrage of texts, tweets, newsfeeds, and emails? Rebecca Solnit… [More]

History of slang

How to build a taxonomy of slang: Create categories for “drink or drugs,” “sex and related body parts,” and “insults denoting misfits” and you’re on your way…
How to build a taxonomy of slang: Create categories for “drink or drugs,” “sex and related body parts,” and “insults denoting misfits” and you’re on your way… [More]

How did we forget William Hazlitt?

As an art critic, William Hazlitt racked up enemies. He was unsparing. But what ruined his reputation was an affair with a woman half his age…
As an art critic, William Hazlitt racked up enemies. He was unsparing. But what ruined his reputation was an affair with a woman half his age… [More]

When Georgetown Ruled

Washington has long been a chummy and vainglorious town. At its epicenter is Georgetown, a court society and literary commune…
Washington has long been a chummy and vainglorious town. At its epicenter is Georgetown, a court society and literary commune… [More]

John Gray on H.P. Lovecraft

“Bad taste and bad art,” is how Edmund Wilson dismissed H.P. Lovecraft’s novels. He wasn’t literary, which is what gave him such power as a writer…
“Bad taste and bad art,” is how Edmund Wilson dismissed H.P. Lovecraft’s novels. He wasn’t literary, which is what gave him such power as a writer… [More]

Metaphysics

[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might
[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might [More]