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. 65, No. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Summer 2011, Vol. 85, No. 3
This article investigates a tension among Aquinas's basic claims about what constitutes the proper object of the human intellect. Aquinas asserts that the mind has only one proper object, yet he repeatedly endorses two different candidates for this...
American Philosophical Quarterly: July 2011, Vol. 48, No. 3
Quine's Nominalism, CHARLES PARSONS During the time since World War II, nominalism as a philosophical tendency or research program has been largely identified with what was inaugurated by Nelson Goodman in such works as The Structure of Appearance....
Aristotle on the Philosophical Elements of Historia
IN THE POETICS, Aristotle briefly compares historical works with mimetic compositions. (1) He remarks that the former "speak of" (legei) events that have actually happened (ta genomena), whereas the latter of "events as they might happen (hoia an genoito)...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: December 2011, Vol. 89, No. 4
A Priori Causal Models of Natural Selection, ELLIOTT SOBER To evaluate Hume's thesis that causal claims are always empirical, three kinds of causal statements are considered: "[e.sub.1] caused[e.sub.2]," "[e.sub.1] promoted [e.sub.2]," and "[e.sub.1]...
European Journal of Philosophy: September 2011, Vol. 19, No. 3
"We Can't Whistle It Either": Legend and Reality, CORA DIAMOND There is a famous quip of F.P. Ramsey's, which is the second epigraph. According to a widespread legend, the quip is a criticism of Wittgenstein's treatment in the Tractatus of what...
In Defense of Free Will: A Critique of Benjamin Libet
ACCORDING TO THE NEUROBIOLOGIST Benjamin Libet, we are incapable of positive free voluntary acts; these, or rather, their mere conscious semblance, are, according to his view, sheer effects of cerebral causes. Notwithstanding this, free will is not...
International Philosophical Quarterly: June 2011, Vol. 51, No. 3
Metaphysics Renewed, PAUL SYMINGTON This article considers the significance of Kant's schematized categories in the Critique of Pure Reason for contemporary metaphysics. I present Kant's understanding of the schematism and how it functions within...
Is Phenomenology Necessary as Introduction to Philosophy?
IN MODERN TIMES, it has become virtually a natural assumption that before one can truly think what is, one first must investigate knowing to certify its objectivity. This assumption issues from understandable skepticism about directly setting out...
"Liber Est Causa Sui": Thomas Aquinas and the Maxim "The Free Is the Cause of Itself"
THOMAS AQUINAS FREQUENTLY uses the maxim liber est causa sui--a sentence most easily translated as "The free is the cause of itself." (1) Thomas usually cites this maxim, which he takes from the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics, when he needs...
Metaphysics: A Traditional Mainstay of Philosophy in Need of Radical Rethinking
INCREASINGLY MANY CONTEMPORARY philosophers accept metaphysics as essential to philosophy, and address metaphysical issues. This is a significant and welcome development, but it raises the pressing question of what, exactly, metaphysics is taken to...
Mind: April 2011, Vol. 120, No. 478
Carnap and Quine on Truth by Convention, GARY EBBS According to the standard story, (a) W. V. Quine's criticisms of the idea that logic is true by convention are directed against, and completely undermine, Rudolf Carnap's idea that the logical truths...
Monist: January 2011, Vol. 94, No. 1
Realization, Powers, and Property Identity, SYDNEY SHOEMAKER How Not To Think of Powers: A Deconstruction of the "Dispositions and Conditionals" Debate, E.J. LOWE Although conditional analyses of disposition statements have been subjected to...
Monist: January 2012, Vol. 95, No. 1
Cultural Diversity: It is All about the Mainstream, ROY L. BROOKS This article discusses some of the dilemmas that emerge from a close analysis of cultural diversity. The discussion is structured around competing visions of a diverse America, defined...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: September 2011, Vol. 83, No. 2
Frege's Puzzle and Descriptive Enrichment, JEFF SPEAKS The article focuses on Frege's puzzle: it explores the difference between one sentence which appears to express a trivial and a priori proposition and another that expresses nontrivial and a...
Philosophy: October 2011, Vol. 86, No. 4
Desire, Infinity, and the Meaning of Life, FIONA ELLIS In his paper 'Truth, Invention, and the Meaning of Life," David Wiggins identifies a certain framework in terms of which to tackle the question of life's meaning. In this essay, it is argued...
Phronesis: 2011, Vol. 56, No. 4
Plato on the Norms of Speech and Thought, MATTHEW EVANS Near the beginning of the Cratylus (385e-387d), Plato's Socrates argues, against his friend Hermogenes, that the standards of correctness for our use of names in speech are in no way up to...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: January 2012, Vol. 50, No. 1
Causation, Agency, and the Law: On Some Subtleties in Antiphon's Second Tetralogy, JOEL E. MANN Antiphon is often criticized for confusing two distinct species of responsibility, causal and moral. Insofar as this distinction is fundamental to any...
The Philosophical Quarterly: October 2011, Vol. 61, No. 245
Love as a Reactive Emotion, KATE ABRAMSON and ADAM LEITE One variety of love is familiar in everyday life and qualifies in every reasonable sense as a reactive attitude. "Reactive love" is paradigmatically (a) an affectionate attachment to another...
The Philosophical Review: October 2011, Vol. 120, No. 4
Affordances and Phenomenal Character in Spatial Perceptions, SIMON PROSSER Intentionalism is the view that the phenomenal character of a conscious experience is wholly determined by, or even reducible to, its representational content. This essay...