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. 3, March

Does Kantian Virtue Amount to More Than Continence?
AS IS WELL KNOWN, in the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant begins his analysis of what he takes to be our shared, prephilosophical understanding of morality by insisting that the good will is the only thing in this world (and even beyond...
Hume's Nonreductionist Philosophical Anthropology
HUME'S A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE constitutes a philosophical anthropology quite different from a philosophy of (self-)consciousness or of the subject. According to Hume, the Self or Subject is itself a product of human nature, that is, of the workings...
In Memoriam
JOHN RAWLS (1921-2002) John Rawls was born February 21, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. He did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, where Norman Malcolm was the most important of his teachers. After graduation, he served in the infantry...
Rationalized Passion and Passionate Rationality: Thomas Aquinas on the Relation between Reason and the Passions
THE PRESENCE OF EMOTIONS IN HUMAN LIFE and behavior is undeniable. The task of the philosopher is to understand them and, more particularly, to focus on the conflict with reason that they seem to cause within human nature. However, insofar as philosophy...
The Paradoxes of Hylomorphism
I THE CONTEMPORARY CRITIQUE OF HYLOMORPHISM. In its extension to human beings, hylomorphism is the view that a human being is a composite of form and matter. In this respect, the hylomorphist maintains that human beings are like every other organism,...
The Problem of the Enlightenment: Strauss, Jacobi, and the Pantheism Controversy
Denn was die Philosophen sogar ein wenig nachsehend und parteiisch gegen Enthusiasten und Schwarmer macht, ist, dass sie, die Philosophen, am allermeisten dabei verlieren wurden, wenn es gar keine Enthusiasten und Schwarmer mehr gabe. Lessing, Uber...