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. 55, No. 1, September

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 39, No. 1, January 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Art in the Advancement of Understanding, CATHERINE Z. ELGIN Art often operates at the cutting edge of inquiry, as it challenges complacent assumptions, not just about matters of fact, but also about how problems and proposed solutions should be...
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Are Categories Invented or Discovered? A Response to Foucault *
IN A PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS I believe the speaker is allowed more latitude than in a more ordinary speech. There is more freedom to explore and perhaps even preach. So I am going to do a bit of both. My chapter and verse, some of you will be surprised...
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Doctoral Dissertations 2000-2001 *
University of Alberta (37) (24) (15) LYNN A. ADAM, "Kathy Acker and the Hysterical Sublime: The Movements of Technological Martyrdom, Grotesque Perversity, and Post-Freudian Aesthetics." Advisers: Margaret M. Van de Pitte and Christine Wiesenthal....
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European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 10, No. 1, April 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Adorno on the Ethical and the Ineffable, JAMES GORDON FINLAYSON The thesis is that Adorno has a normative ethics, albeit a minimal and negative ethics of resistance. However, Adorno's ethical theory faces two problems: the problem of the availability...
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Is the Common Good of Political Society Limited and Instrumental?
ARISTOTLE SEEMS TO BE CORRECT when he asserts (1) that every association is to be accounted for by reference to some good which the members of that association hope to attain, precisely through their cooperation: or, in words close to Lincoln's, people...
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Metaethics and Teleology
THERE IS AN IMPORTANT RESPECT in which virtue-centered ethical realism needs to be more Aristotelian than it is typically willing to admit. This concerns the way in which teleological considerations need to be more explicitly acknowledged. Reflection...
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Mind: Vol. 111, No. 441, January 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Tensing the Copula, DAVID LEWIS A solution to the problem of intrinsic change for enduring things should meet three conditions. It should not replace monadic intrinsic properties by relations. It should not replace the having simpliciter of properties...
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Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 206, January 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
A-Theory for B-Theorists, J. PARSONS The author attempts to characterize the A-theory of time in such a way as to avoid certain standard objections to it, like those derived from McTaggart's paradox. These objections often arise from conflation...
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Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 207, April 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
The Varieties of Retributive Experience, C. BENNETT Retribution is often dismissed as augmenting the initial harm done rather than ameliorating it. This criticism rests on a crude view of retribution. In our actual practice in informal situations...
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Philosophy: Vol. 77, No. 1, January 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
The Neglected Controversy Over Metaphysical Realism, MARY KATE McGOWAN The author motivates and clarifies the controversy over metaphysical realism (the claim that there is a single objective way that the world is) by defending it against two objections....
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Ratio: Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Descartes's Real Argument, J. P. DOWNEY It is still commonly supposed that Descartes based his argument for the mind-body distinction on the law of the indiscernibility of identicals. The author argues that this interpretation is very unlikely to...
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Reinstating Humanistic Categories
BY OVEREMPHASIZING MATERIALISTIC VALUES, we have perverted the culture and set modern Western civilization on a self-destructive course. Some critics have said that the economy, science, and technology are the only healthy aspects of our society. We...
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Reviewer Index
REVIEWER INDEX Albrecht, Christopher Kekes, Pluralism in Philosophy: Changing the Subject Arthos, John Grassi, Rhetoric as Philosophy: The Humanist Tradition Behuniak, James ...
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The Persistence of the Problem of Freedom
A CONCERN TO UNDERSTAND THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS of human freedom is as old as philosophy. Yet the question whether and in what sense human beings are free agents still provokes heated debate. Even a century ago, as William James began his discussion...
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