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. 3, March

Adam Smith on Friendship and Love
Democracy does not create strong attachments between man and man, but it does put their ordinary relations on an easier footing. Tocqueville(1) The excellent person labours for his friends and for his native country, and will die for them if he must;...
Being, Seeing, and Touching: Machiavelli's Modification of Platonic Epistemology
That night I thought long and not without despair about what must become of me. I wanted very much to be a person of value and I had to ask myself how this could be possible if there were not something like a soul or like a spirit that is in the life...
Heidegger, Humanism, and the Destruction of History
Heidegger's blistering critique of modernity is among his most influential philosophical legacies. However, his account of modernity's ills--its reification, calculative reason, loss of the transcendent, tyranny of public opinion--is hardly unique....
'Republic' 467d6-E2: Plato's Dialectical Requirement
This paper calls into question a conventional way of reading the passage concerning knowledge and belief at the end of book 5 of Plato's Republic. On the conventional reading, Plato is committed to arguing on grounds that his philosophical opponents...
Sortal Essentialism and the Potentiality Principle
I Introduction. The "Potentiality Principle" (PP) asserts that any entity which is potentially rational and potentially self-conscious has, in virtue of its potential, a strong right to life. Let us use `person' to mean `entity which is actually...