Robert Arp, Ph.D.

Robert Arp's Website

Articles and Book Chapters (Alphabetized by Title):

A Humean Response to Scotus’s Concept of Infinite Being

Ideas y Valores (1999) 110: 3-19


An Analysis of Freedom in the Political Doctrines of Suárez & Filmer

Philosophical Inquiry (2004 26: 53-82


Awareness and Consciousness: Switched-On Rheostats

Journal of Consciousness Studies (2007) 14: 101-106 (by invitation)


Checks and Balances: The Welcomed Tension between Philosophy and Science

The Quarterly Review of Biology (2008) 83: 1-12


The Chewbacca Defense: A South Park Logic Lesson - Ch. 2: Logic and Fallacies

Introducing Philosophy Via Pop Culture, ed. Irwin & Johnson (Wiley, 2010), 40-53


Creating a Controlled Vocabulary for the Ethics of Human Research: Towards a Biomedical Ethics Ontology (with David Koepsell, Jennifer Fostel, Barry Smith)

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (2009) 4: 43-58


The Double Life of Justice and Injustice in Thrasymachus’s Account

Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought (1999) 16: 17-29


The Environments of Our Hominin Ancestors, Tool Usage, and Scenario Visualization

Biology & Philosophy (2006) 21: 95-117


Evolution and Two Popular Proposals for the Definition of Function

Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2006) 37: 2-12


The Evolution of Scenario Visualization and the Early Hominin Mind

Origins of Mind, ed. Liz Stillwagon (Springer, 2013), 220-241


Finding Unapparent Connections: How Our Hominin Ancestors Evolved Creativity by Solving Practical Problems

Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy and Pragmatism, ed. Tibor Solymosi & John Shook (Palgrave, 2014), 135-146


Frege, As-If Platonism, and Pragmatism

Journal of Critical Realism (2005) 4: 1-27


Freud’s Wretched Makeshift and Scheler’s Religious Act

Journal of Philosophical Research (2000) 25: 405-429


Function, Role, and Disposition in Basic Formal Ontology (with Barry Smith)

Nature Precedings (2008) 1941: 1


Hegel and the Prospect of Perpetual Peace

Dialogos (2000) 34: 71-100


Homeostatic Organization, Emergence, and Reduction

Philosophia Naturalis (2007) 44: 238-270


Hume’s Mitigated Skepticism and the Design Argument

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (1998) 72: 539-558


Hume’s Morality, Reason, and Sentiment

Journal of the Irenaeus Society (2000) 3: 1-13


Husserl, the Transcendental, and the Mundane

Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology (2004) 35: 168-179


Husserlian Penetrability of the Transcendental and Mundane Spheres

Human Studies (2004) 27: 221-239


If the Devil did not Exist, It May be Necessary to Invent Him in Certain Contexts

Philosophical Approaches to the Devil, McCraw & Arp (Routledge, 2016), 180-200


Information in the Biological Sciences (with Alfredo Marcos)

The Philosophy of Biology, ed. Kampourakis (Springer, 2013), 511-548


Life and the Homeostatic Organization View of Biological Phenomena

Cosmos and History (2008) 4: 260-285


Objectification, Care Ethics, and the Case against Pornography

Under Review


Ontologies Just May Save Your Savings Accounts, in

Progress in Economics Research, Volume 16, ed. Tavidze (Nova, 2010), 115-129


Ontologies of Cellular Networks (with Barry Smith)

Science Signaling (2008) 1: mr2


Ontology: Not Just for Philosopher’s Anymore

Practical Philosophy (2010) 10: 81-103


Philosophical, Domain, and Formal Ontology

The Reasoner (2008) 1: 12


Philosophical Ontology, Domain Ontology, Formal Ontology, in

Key Terms in Logic, ed. Williamson & Russo (Continuum, 2010) 74-75


Plotinus, Mysticism, and Mediation

Religious Studies (2004) 40: 145-163


The Pragmatic Value of Frege’s Platonism for the Pragmatist

Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2005) 19: 22-41


The Quinque Viae of Thomas Hobbes

History of Philosophy Quarterly (1999) 16: 367-394


Radiological and Biomedical Knowledge Integration: The Ontological Way

Scholarship in Radiology Education, ed. Chhem et al. (Springer, 2009), 87-106


Realism and Antirealism in Informatics Ontologies

The American Philosophical Association: Philosophy and Computers (2009) 9: 19-23


Resolving Conflicts in Evolutionary Psychology with Cognitive Fluidity

Southwest Philosophy Review (2007) 35: 91-101


Re-thinking Hobbes’s Materialistic and Mechanistic Projects

Hobbes Studies (2002) 15: 3-31


Selectivity, Integration, and the Psycho-Neuro-Biological Continuum

Journal of Mind and Behavior (2005) 26: 35-64


Scenario Visualization: One Explanation of Creative Problem Solving

Journal of Consciousness Studies (2005) 12: 31-60


Should Batman Kill the Joker? - Ch. 12: Argument

The Norton Sampler, ed. Cooley. 8th ed. (Norton, 2013), 545-549


Suárez and Filmer on Freedom

Philosophical Frontiers, ed. Corrigan & Farrell (Continuum, 2009), 39-66


Suffering as Theodicy

Cahiers Simone Weil (2000) 23: 413-433


Vindicating Kant’s Morality

International Philosophical Quarterly (2007) 7: 5-22


Book Reviews (Editors asked me to write):


“Gry Oftedal, Jan Kyrre Berg O. Friis, Peter Rossel, and Michael Slott Norup (eds.), Evolutionary Theory: Five Questions,” Reports of the National Center for Science Education, (2012) 32, 6: 4.1-4.3.


“F. Ellen Netting, Mary Katherine O'Connor, and David P. Fauri, Comparative Approaches to Program Planning,” The American Journal of Psychology (2010) 123, 3: 369-371.


“Sahotra Sarkar and Anya Plutynski (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology,” Science & Education (2010)


“Devin Stauffer, Plato’s Introduction to the Question of Justice,” Polis: Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought (2002) 19: 67-72.


Reviewing/Refereeing For:


- Oxford University Press

- MIT Press

- Cambridge University Press

- Wiley-Blackwell Publishers

- Routledge

- McGraw-Hill Publishers

- Bloomsbury Publishing

- Cengage Learning

- Prentice-Hall Publishers

- Journal of the History of Philosophy

- History of Philosophy Quarterly

- Journal of Consciousness Studies

- Iyun: Israel Journal of Philosophy

- Science and Education

- International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

- Philosophy & Technology

- International Journal of Computer Engineering Research

- Entropy

- Synthesis philosophica

- Social Semiotics

Technical Writing Projects (Selected):


“Standing Up a Cybertechnology Community of Interest (COI)”

“Athena Configuration Plan: Conflagration Studies

“Athena Configuration Plan: The Baltic States

“Athena Configuration Plan: The Levant

“Athena Configuration Plan: Southeast Asia

“Athena Configuration Plan: Violent Extremist Groups

“Athena Configuration Plan: Unified Action Partners

“Accessing SQL Server through the Common X Drive

“Getting the Most Out of SharePoint: Metadata Tagging

“HL7’s Reference Information Model: A Guide”

“Practical Steps in Building a Weather Ontology”

“The Ontologist’s Role in a Community of Interest (COI) Engagement”

“Domain Ontologies and HL7 COIs”

“Practical Steps in Building an Air Force RT&E Domain Ontology”

“Basic Formal Ontology and Its Use with USAF RT&E”

“Ontology and Ontologies: Some Basics”

“The Analysis Group’s Overall Engagement Plan”

“Integrated Surveillance Concept of Operations”

“Integrated Surveillance Community of Interest Engagement Plan”

“Relational Databases, Ontologies, and Data Modeling”

“Philosophical Ontology, Domain Ontologies, and Formal Ontologies”

“Developing a Submariner's Ontology”

“XML, RDF, RDF-S, OWL, and Building Ontologies”