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. 49, No. 1, September

Going Wrong: To Make a Mistake, to Fall into an Error
Heinrich Hertz, the celebrated German experimenter and theoretician, conducted in 1883 experiments on cathode rays. He concluded these pioneering experiments by stating that "the electrostatic and electromagnetic properties of the cathode rays are either...
Heidegger's Concept of Temporality: Reflections on a Recent Criticism
Whatever else Heidegger had in mind when he outlined the project of Sein und Zeit, he makes it clear that the finished portion of the project is supposed to be an "interpretation of Dasein in terms of temporality (Zeitlichkeit)."(1) Yet, despite this...
Henry of Ghent and the Twilight of Divine Illumination
The arrival in medieval western Europe of Aristotle's most profound works, including the Physics, the Metaphysics, and the De anima, brought on revolutionary changes in thirteenth-century thought, and marked a high point in the history of Western philosophy....
The Influence of Kant's Anthropology on His Moral Theory
In the preface to the Foundations Kant wrote that he had a threefold aim in mind: to identify the ultimate moral norm, to explain it, and to defend its validity. He would accomplish the first two tasks by proceeding "analytically," that is, by analyzing...
Why Is Virtue Naturally Pleasing?
Book 10 of Nicomachean Ethics opens with a number of important claims about pleasure. Aristotle says: After these matters we ought perhaps next to discuss pleasure. For it is thought to be most intimately connected with our human nature, which is the...