The Review of Metaphysics

Founded in 1947, the Review of Metaphysics is a quarterly journal published by the Philosophy Education Society of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Its subject matter covers trade, technical and professional publications; philosophy; indexes, abstracts, reports, proceedings and bibliographies. Kenneth Rolling is the managing editor, Dr. Jude P. Dougherty is the editor and Justin West is the book review editor.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, December

American Philosophical Quarterly: October 2009, Vol. 46, No. 4
Desires and Reasons, ALAN GOLDMAN The article explores whether desires generate practical reasons. It expands the argument advocated by Ruth Chang regarding the question of whether reasons are created by desires themselves and argues that it is...
Beyond Nature: Karol Wojtyla's Development of the Traditional Definition of Personhood
WHILE MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about John Paul II's theology--in particular, his "Theology of the Body"--the late pope's philosophy remains relatively obscure. (1) This is primarily because Wojtyla's philosophy is incomplete, or better put, finds its...
Dummett and the Origins of Analytical Philosophy
MICHAEL DUMMETT is perhaps the most prominent analytical philosopher to venture a book length account of the origins of his own tradition. In Origins of Analytical Philosophy (1993), Dummett compares and contrasts the work of Frege and Husserl, as...
European Journal of Philosophy: September 2009, Vol. 17, No. 3
On Epistemic Conceptions of Meaning: Use, Meaning and Normativity, DANIEL WHITING Many philosophers hold that for an expression to possess meaning is for there to be norms governing its use. By combining this with a further idea, namely that the...
God's Transcendent Activity: Ontotheology in Metaphysics 12
HEIDEGGER CRITICIZED ARISTOTLE'S FIRST PHILOSOPHY for being a logging path which leads to the identification of being and objective representation, that is, the identification of being with an object of thought or perception. Heidegger argues that...
International Philosophical Quarterly: June 2009, Vol. 49, No. 2
The Twofold Character of Thomas Aquinas's Analogy of Being, VICTOR SALAS This paper argues that Aquinas' doctrine of analogy must be understood against the background of his overall philosophy of being. It is suggested that Thomas' oscillation between...
Is There an Arche Kakou in Plato?
DOES PLATO ADMIT AN ARCHE KAKOU, a source or principle of evil? One or more than one? If he does, is the principle of evil matter, soul, a god or gods, some combination of these, or something else entirely? Or, is evil merely a human phenomenon? Just...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: January 2010, Vol. 48, No. 1
Seeing Through Images: The Bottom of Plato's Divided Line, YANCY HUGHES DOMINICK This paper defends a reading of eijkasiva (the lowest condition in the soul described on the divided line of Republic 6) as the viewing of an image as an image. This...
Metaphysics and the Origin of Culture
IN A FRAGMENT, "The Concept of the Symbol: Metaphysics of the Symbolic," left among Ernst Cassirer's unpublished papers, Cassirer claims: "there is no 'being' of any kind except by virtue of some particular energy ('nature,' for example, only by virtue...
Mind: July 2009, Vol. 118, No. 471
Levity, LEON HORSTEN In this article, the prospects of deflationism about the concept of truth are investigated. A new version of deflationism, called inferential deflationism, is articulated and defended. It is argued that it avoids the pitfalls...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: September 2009, Vol. 79, No. 2
Primitive Agency and Natural Norms, TYLER BURGE Normative Appeals to the Natural, PEKKA VAYRYNEN Surprisingly, many ethical realists and anti-realists, naturalists and not, all accept some version of the following normative appeal to the natural...
Philosophy: July 2009, Vol. 84, No. 4
Conscience: An Essay in Moral Psychology, WILLIAM LYONS The ultimate aim of this essay is to suggest that conscience is a very important part of human psychology and of our moral point of view, not something that can be dismissed as merely "a part...
Phronesis: Vol, 54, No. 4-5
Diotima's Eudaemonism: Intrinsic Value and Rational Motivation in Plato's Symposium, RALPH WEDGWOOD This paper gives a new interpretation of the central section of Plato's Symposium (199d-212a). According to this interpretation, the term "[TEXT...
Ratio: December 2009, Vol. 22, No. 4
Literature, Knowledge, and the Aesthetic Attitude, M. W. ROWE An attitude which hopes to derive aesthetic pleasure from an object is often thought to be in tension with an attitude which hopes to derive knowledge from it. The current article argues...
The Philosophical Review: October 2009, Vol. 118, No. 4
Persistence and the First-Person Perspective, DILIP NINAN When one considers one's own persistence over time from the first-person perspective, it seems as if facts about one's persistence are "further facts," over and above facts about physical...