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. 53, No. 3, March

In Memoriam
RICHARD H. KENNINGTON (1921-1999) Richard Kennington, a retired professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America, died September 10, 1999 in Annapolis, Maryland, after a long illness. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts he spent a good...
Leo Strauss and the Possibility of Philosophy
I NINETEEN NINETY-NINE WAS THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY of the birth of Leo Strauss. It is a pleasure and an obligation for a former student to accept an invitation to reflect in public on the thought of that extraordinary man. I say "obligation" because...
On Heraclitus
"What is it that breathes fire into the equations?" Stephen Hawking LUCRETIUS, AFTER HE HAS EXPOUNDED THAT NOTHING comes out of nothing and nothing goes into nothing, and there are only bodies and void, turns to three pre-Socratics: Heraclitus,...
Rousseau on Providence
KANT HELD THAT NEWTON AND ROUSSEAU HAD REVEALED the ways of Providence: "After Newton and Rousseau, God is justified, and Pope's thesis is henceforth true."(1) Rousseau discussed Providence and Pope's thesis that "Whatever is, is right" most fully...
The Teaching of Nature and the Nature of Man in Descartes' Passions De L'ame
I DESCARTES IS USUALLY CREDITED WITH THE INAUGURATION of modern philosophy. This inauguration consists in a mathematical-mechanical understanding of physics and a concern with human self-consciousness. The Passions of the Soul treats, however, fleetingly,...
The Tragedy of Law: Gyges in Herodotus and Plato
"The possibility of philosophy is stamped with the duality of the first things which both mirrors and departs from the duality of the ancestral."(1) THE SECOND BOOK OF PLATO'S REPUBLIC begins with a spirited outburst. Glaucon, not satisfied with...
Two Philosophical Letters
RICHARD KENNINGTON TOOK TO HEART in everything he thought Leo Strauss's remark, "The problem inherent in the surface of things and only in the surface of things is the heart of things," for he realized that Strauss had merely formulated what was already...