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. 52, No. 4, June

Aquinas on the Twofold Human Good: Reason and Human Happiness in Aquinas's Moral Science
BRADLEY, Denis J. M. Aquinas on the Twofold Human Good: Reason and Human Happiness in Aquinas's Moral Science. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997. xiv + 610 pp. Cloth, $49.95--This book questions whether a philosophic...
Aquinas's Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction
LISSKA, Anthony J. Aquinas's Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. xvi + 320 pp. Paper, $24.95--This book alms to present Thomas Aquinas's theory of natural law as a cogent theory of ethics for those trained...
A Realist Conception of Truth
ALSTON, William P. A Realist Conception of Truth. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996. xii + 274 pp. Cloth, $42.50; paper, $17.95--Alston's two overarching theses are that "the realist conception of truth is the right way to think of truth in the...
Cartesian Nightmare: An Introduction to Transcendental Sophistry
REDPATH, Peter A. Cartesian Nightmare: An Introduction to Transcendental Sophistry. Value Inquiry Book Series, vol. 41. Atlanta, Georgia: Rodopi, 1997. xvi + 187 pp. Paper, $18.50--"Strictly speaking, Descartes was not a philosopher; he was a sophist...
Christian Discourses; the Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress
KIERKEGAARD, Soren. Christian Discourses; The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress. Kierkegaard's Writings, vol. 7. Without Authority. Kierkegaard's Writings, vol. 8. Translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong. Princeton: Princeton University...
Das Gottesproblem Band 1: Gott Und Unendlichkeit in der Neuzeitlichen Philosophie
CLAYTON, Philip. Das Gottesproblem Band 1: Gott und Unendlichkeit in der neuzeitlichen Philosophie. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh Verlag, 1996. xvi + 457 pp. Cloth, DM 88.00--In this voluminous and detailed study of the views of leading philosophers...
Derrida and the Political
BEARDSWORTH, Richard. Derrida and the Political. London and New York: Routledge, 1996. xvii + 174 pr. Paper, $16.95--Even though the title of this book, which announces its place in the series "Thinking the Political," might be somewhat misleading,...
Hegel and Feminist Social Criticism: Justice, Recognition, and the Feminine
GAUTHIER, Jeffrey A. Hegel and Feminist Social Criticism: Justice, Recognition, and the Feminine. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997. Cloth, n.p.--In this book Jeffrey A. Gauthier attempts to link Hegelian moral and political theory to...
Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History
Patocka Jan. Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Translated by Erazim Kohak. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 1996. xvi + 189 pp. Cloth, $39.95; paper, $16.95--Patocka's Heretical Essays were first published...
Hispanic Philosophy in the Age of Discovery
WHITE, Kevin, ed. Hispanic Philosophy in the Age of Discovery. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, vol. 29. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997. xv + 319 pp. Cloth, $59.95--Collections tend to the hazardous....
Hume's Defence of Causal Inference
WILSON, Fred. Hume's Defence of Causal Inference. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. ix + 439 pp. Cloth, $80.00--This book not only defends the thesis that Hume is not a skeptic with respect to causal inferences, it locates this defense within...
Hume. Two Volumes
DUNN, John and HARRIS, Ian, eds. Hume. Two volumes. Great Political Thinkers, vol. 10. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1997. 1,137 pp. Cloth, $380.00--This two-volume reference work attempts to bring together all of the notable...
In Memoriam
GIAN-CARLO ROTA (1932-1999) Gian-Carlo Rota, professor of mathematics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died suddenly of heart failure at his home on April 19, 1999. He was internationally known for his work in combinatorics...
Les Principes Des Choses En Ontologie Medievale (Thomas d'Aquin, Scot, Occam)
BASTIT, Michel. Les Principes des Choses en Ontologie Medievale (Thomas d'Aquin, Scot, Occam). Bibliotheque de Philosophie Comparee, Essais-10. Bordeaux: Editions Briere, 1997. 361 pp. Paper, n.p.--Bastit's inquiry into the works of Aquinas, Scotus,...
Logic and the Workings of the Mind: The Logic of Ideas and Faculty Psychology in Early Modern Philosophy
EASTON, Patricia A., ed. Logic and the Workings of the Mind: The Logic of Ideas and Faculty Psychology in Early Modern Philosophy. North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy, vol. 5. Atascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1997....
Logic and Time. an Essay on Husserl's Theory of Meaning
MICHALSKI, Krzysztof. Logic and Time. An Essay on Husserl's Theory of Meaning. Translated from the Polish by Adam Czemiawski. Translation revised by James Dodd. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. viii + 162 pp. Cloth, $97.00--Logic and Time...
Malebranche's Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation
SCHMALTZ, Tad M. Malebranche's Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. viii + 308 pp. Cloth, $55.00--Anglo-American scholarship concerning Malebranche is thin compared with the French scholarship of...
Masquerade of the Dream Walkers: Prophetic Theology from the Cartesians to Hegel
REDPATH, Peter A. Masquerade of the Dream Walkers: Prophetic Theology from the Cartesians to Hegel. Atlanta, Georgia: Rodopi, 1998. xv + 331 pp. Cloth, $92.00; paper, $2350--Not even the subtitle of this work hints at its richness. Redpath begins with...
Method in Ancient Philosophy
GENTZLER, Jyl, ed. Method in Ancient Philosophy. Oxford University Press, 1998. vi + 398 pp. Cloth, $72.00--This is a collection of essays, many of which were given originally as papers at a conference on Ancient Method held at Amherst College in 1994....
Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character
AUDI, Robert. Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. xi + 304 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper, $19.95--Perhaps the most striking feature of this book is its combination of clarity and obscurity. Deploying a :formidable...
Nietzsche's Noontide Friend: The Self as Metaphoric Double
HOUGH, Sheridan. Nietzsche's Noontide Friend: The Self as Metaphoric Double. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997. xxv. 148 pp. Cloth, $35.00--Sheridan Hough provides a careful examination of Friedrich Nietzsche's ample use...
Not for Their Own Sake: Species and the Riddle of Individuality
It is evident that most of what are regarded as substances are potentialities.(1) I SPECIES INITIALLY APPEAR TO US AS OMNIPRESENT, familiar, even as rather simple objects of our experience. On closer inspection, however, the appearance of intelligibility...
On Aristotle's Notion of Existence
ARISTOTLE AS A DIALECTICIAN. Tom Nagel once wrote a paper on "What is it like to be a bat?" I am tempted to give this paper the somewhat less outlandish title "What would it be like to be Aristotle?" Notwithstanding the lip service some scholars have...
Philosophical Abstracts
AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 73, No. 2, Spring 1999 Postmodernism and the Catholic Tradition, KENNETH L. SCHMITZ Postmodernism and the Catholic Tradition (A Reply to Kenneth L. Schmitz, World Congress, 8/11/98), THOMAS R. FLYNN...
Platonic Transformations: With and after Hegel, Heidegger, and Levinas
PEPERZAK, Adriaan Theodor. Platonic Transformations: With and After Hegel, Heidegger, and Levinas. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1997. xiii + 265 pp. Cloth, $67.50--Adriaan Peperzak's book is a thoughtful and wide-ranging study...
Plato's Charmides and the Socratic Ideal of Rationality
SCHMID, W. Thomas. Plato's Charmides and the Socratic Ideal of Rationality. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. xi + 225 pp. Cloth, $59.50; paper, $19.95--In this book Schmid holds that the traditional and cultural ideal of moderation...
Politics and Rhetoric: The Intended Audience of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
ONE OF THE MOST VEXING AND PERSISTENT ISSUES among students of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (hereafter, "TTP") is the question of the work's intended audience.(1) Determining the audience of the TTP is critical not only for judging the...
Politics, Books VII and VIII
ARISTOTLE. Politics, Books VII and VIII. Translated with a Commentary by Richard Kraut. Clarendon Aristotle Series. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997. 229 pp. Cloth, $58.00; paper, $22.00--Aristotle's Politics has received much attention in recent years....
Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes
SKINNER, Quentin. Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. xvi + 477 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper, $19.95--This brilliant book seeks to understand "the central aspiration of Hobbes's civil philosophy,...
Religion and Technology: A Study in the Philosophy of Culture
NEWMAN, Jay. Religion and Technology: A Study in the Philosophy of Culture. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 1997. ix + 195 pp. Cloth, $55.00.--In this rather brief polemic, Newman proposes to clarify the relation between technology and religion...
Selbstbewu[Beta]tseinsmodelle: Moderne Kritiken Und Systematische Entwurfe Zur Konkreten Subjektivitat
DUSING, Klaus. Selbstbewu[Beta]tseinsmodelle: Moderne Kritiken und systematische Entwurfe zur konkreten Subjektivitat. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1997. 287 pp. Paper, n.p.--Challenging twentieth-century skepticism regarding the notion of subjectivity, the...
Self-Reflexivity in Plato's Theaetetus: Toward a Phenomenology of the Lifeworld
I IN A PREVIOUS ARTICLE I argued that Plato's Line of Knowledge in the middle of his Republic taught a "pedagogy of complete reflection."(1) What I intend to show in this article is that the general lines of that "complete reflection" indicated...
Socratic Puzzles
NOZICK, Robert. Socratic Puzzles. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. viii + 400 pp. Cloth, $35.00--This collection of essays, all previously published, offers selections from the life work of Robert Nozick. The essays range widely both temporally,...
Sorting out Ethics
HARE, R. M. Sorting Out Ethics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. vii + 191 pp. Cloth, $18.95--I believe the title of this book to be something of a pun which Hare employs to point to the two central tasks of this book, his attempt to "sort out" ethical...
Structure and Diversity. Studies in the Phenomenological Philosophy of Max Scheler
KELLY, Eugene. Structure and Diversity. Studies in the Phenomenological Philosophy of Max Scheler. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. 247 pp. Cloth, $110.00--Structure and Diversity deals with Scheler's writings highlighting his arguments...
Symbols, Computation, and Intentionality: A Critique of the Computational Theory of Mind
HORST, Steven W. Symbols, Computation, and Intentionality: A Critique of the Computational Theory of Mind. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. xix + 427 pp. Cloth, $45.00--One cannot summarize the intent of this insightful and engaging...
Symbols of Transcendence: Religious Expression in the Thought of Louis Dupre
LEVESQUE, Paul J. Symbols of Transcendence: Religious Expression in the Thought of Louis Dupre. Louvain: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997. vii + 381 pp. Paper, $30.00--Focusing on the theme of symbols in the thought of the Yale scholar...
The Aesthetics of Music
SCRUTON, Roger. The Aesthetics of Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. xx + 508 pp. Cloth, $39.95--Roger Scruton has taken on a monumental task in his most recent book, The Aesthetics of Music. As one can see from the title, he has not attempted...
The Character of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
MCGINN, Colin. The Character of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. x + 176 pp. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $15.95--Richer in content and scope, the second edition of The Character of...
The Concept of Moral Obligation
ZIMMERMAN, Michael J. The Concept of Moral Obligation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. xiv + 301 pp. Cloth, $54.95--This book professes to be "an unabashed exercise in metaethics' (p. xi). The first few pages explain that the author does...
The Concept of Woman: The Aristotelian Revolution, 750 B.C.-A.D. 1250
ALLEN, Sr. Prudence, R.S.M. The Concept of Woman: The Aristotelian Revolution, 750 B.C.-A.D. 1250. Second edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997. xxiv + 583 pp. Paper, 35.00--This book is the fruit of an enormous...
The Descent of Science
To a piece of wood they say, You are my father; and to a stone, You have begotten me. Yes, they turn their backs to me, never their faces; but when in trouble they invoke, Arise, save us. --Jeremiah 2, 27. I AMONG THE BEINGS KNOWN TO US, the...
The Erotic Bird: Phenomenology in Literature
NATANSON, Maurice. The Erotic Bird: Phenomenology in Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. xvi + 169 pp. Cloth, $35.00--In this last work of his life, Natanson uses Arthur C. Danto's essay, "Philosophy as/and/of Literature," to differentiate...
Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages
PASNAU, Robert. Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. xii + 330 pp. Cloth, $54.95--In this remarkably ambitious book, Robert Pasnau has sought to trace out the story of medieval epistemology during...
The Sense of the World
NANCY, Jean-Luc. The Sense of the World. Translated by Jeffrey S. Librett. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998. xxvi + 208 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper, $19.95--Is there a crisis of sense in the world? Does it even make any sense to talk of...
The Very Idea of Radical Hermeneutics
MARTINEZ, Roy, ed. The Very Idea of Radical Hermeneutics. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1997. xi + 208 pp. Cloth, $55.00--In 1987 John D. Caputo, one of America's foremost Heideggerian thinkers, published a text, the impact of which...
Thing and Space: Lectures of 1907
HUSSERL, Edmund. Thing and Space: Lectures of 1907. Collected Works, vol. 7. Translated by Richard Rojcewicz. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. xxix + 349 pp. Cloth, $143.00--With the publication of these lectures, given in the summer semester...
Toward a New Interpretation of Plato
REALE, Giovanni. Toward a New Interpretation of Plato. Translated from the tenth edition and Edited by John R. Catan and Richard Davies. Washington, D.C: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997. xxviii + 459 pp. Cloth, $44.95; paper, $29.95--The...
Two Types of New Theism: Knowledge of God in the Thought of Paul Tillich and Charles Hartshorne
TOWNE, Edgar A. Two Types of New Theism: Knowledge of God in the Thought of Paul Tillich and Charles Hartshorne. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1997. vi + 372 pp. Cloth, $57.95--Edgar A. Towne is Professor of Theology, Emeritus at Christian Theological...