Keith Peterson, associate professor of philosophy, published a book just out, Nicolai Hartmann Ontology: Laying the Foundations (Walter De Gruyter, October 2019), which is the first English translation of the German philosopher’s first volume of his four-volume ontological work. “The book deals with ‘what is insofar as it is,’ and its four parts tackle traditional ontological assumptions and prejudices and traditional categories such as substance, thing, individual, whole, object, and phenomenon; a novel redefinition of existence and essence in terms of the ontological factors Dasien and Sosien and their interrelations; an analysis of modes of ‘givenness and the ontological embeddedness of cognition in affective transcendent acts; and a discussion of the status of ideal being,” according to the book’s back cover.