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. 56, No. 4, June

Doing Philosophy Historically
QUINE IS SAID TO HAVE JOKED THAT "there are two sorts of people interested in philosophy, those interested in philosophy and those interested in the history of philosophy." (1) Though many of us would bristle at Quine's joke, it makes a straightforward...
How Religious Experience "Works": Jamesian Pragmatism and Its Warrants
THIS ESSAY IS A RECONSIDERATION of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience, a work intended by James as a study of the more revealing features of human nature. Significant among James's contributions, the Varieties integrates the widest range...
In Memoriam
SETH BENARDETE (1930-2001) Seth Benardete was born in Brooklyn, where he grew up with his older brother Jose. His father, Mair Jose, born in Istanbul, was a professor of Sephardic Studies and Spanish at Brooklyn College; his mother Doris taught...
Leibniz without Physics
THIS ESSAY IS ABOUT PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS in Leibniz and Aristotle. More generally, it concerns the relation of early modern philosophy to the preceding traditions. The inquiry is conducted by way of a review of Christia Mercer's Leibniz's Metaphysics:...
Recent Titles in Philosophy *
ALLINSON, ROBERT ELLIOT. Space, Time, and the Ethical Foundations. Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2002. 203 pp. Cloth, $69.95. ANDERSON, CHARLES W. A Deeper Freedom: Liberal Democracy as an Everyday Morality. Madison: University of Wisconsin...
The Activity of Happiness in Aristotle's Ethics
I THERE HAS BEEN A LONGSTANDING DEBATE about the relation of virtue and happiness in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle seems to have two contradictory positions. One position is found in book 1, chapter 7, where happiness is the highest...
Thomas Aquinas and Giles of Rome on the Will
ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING IF TROUBLESOME DEBATES within medieval philosophy is the paradoxical question of whether St. Thomas Aquinas, arguably the most influential theologian the medieval Catholic Church produced, defends an account of moral responsibility...