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. 63, No. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Winter 2010, Vol. 84, No. 1
This article explores how orthodox Christian theology informs a philosophical understanding of the mind-world relationship. First, it contends that the Christian doctrine of creation entails that the world possesses an intrinsic rationality and intelligibility....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: December 2009, Vol. 87, No. 4
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote, JASON BRENNAN Just because one has the right to vote does not mean just any vote is right. Citizens should not vote badly. This duty to avoid voting badly is grounded in a general duty not to engage...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: March 2010, Vol. 88, No. 1
Free Will and the Mind-Body Problem, BERNARD BEROFSKY Compatibilists regard subsumption under certain sorts of deterministic psychological laws as sufficient for free will. As bona fide laws, their existence poses problems for the thesis of the...
European Journal of Philosophy: December 2009, Vol. 17, No. 4
Response-Dependence, Noumenalism, and Ontological Mystery, NATHANIEL GOLDBERG Philip Pettit has argued that all semantically basic terms are learned in response to ostended examples and all non-basic terms are defined via them. Michael Smith and...
Fichte on the Vocation of the Scholar and the (Mis)use of History
GIVEN ITS STATUS AS A FOUNDATIONAL TEXT in nationalist political thought, the main emphasis in discussions of Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation (Reden an die deutsche Nation) has not surprisingly tended to be on the issue of the kind of nationalism...
Heidegger's Kantian Reading of Aristotle's Theologike Episteme
Aristotle's Metaphysics is probably further than we ourselves are today in philosophy. --Martin Heidegger, Einleitung in die Phanomenologie der Religion HEIDEGGER'S AFFINITY for Aristotle's and Kant's works is probably what best describes his...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: April 2010, Vol. 48, No. 2
Plato's Republic in the Recent Debate, FRANCESCO FRONTEROTTA This paper discusses some issues of the recent debate on Plato's Republic, considering both the dialogue's ethical and political project and its psychological, epistemological, and ontological...
Mind: October 2009, Vol. 118, No. 472
Supervaluations Debugged, NICHOLAS ASHER, JOSH DEVER and CHRIS PAPPAS Supervaluational accounts of vagueness have come under assault from Timothy Williamson for failing to provide either a sufficiently classical logic or a disquotational notion...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: January 201 O, Vol. 80, No. 1
What Reflective Endorsement Cannot Do, HILARY KORNBLITH Feeling Pain for the Very First Time: The Normative Knowledge Argument, GUY KAHANE This paper presents a new argument against internalist theories of practical reason. Its argument is inpired...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: November 2009, Vol. 79, No. 3
More Work for Hard Incompatibilism, TAMLER SOMMERS Images, Intentionality and Inexistence, BEN BLUMSON The possibilities of depicting non-existents, depicting non-particulars and depictive misrepresentation are frequently cited as grounds for...
Philosophy: January 2010, Vol. 85, No. 1
The Majesty of Reason, SIMON BLACKBURN In this paper two phenomena are presented that have impressed theorists concerned with the domain of reasons and of what is now called 'normativity'. One is the much-discussed 'externality' of reasons. According...
Phronesis: Vol. 55, No. 1
Socrates and Gorgias, JAMES DOYLE This paper tries to solve some problems concerning the interpretation of Socrates' conversation with Gorgias about the nature of rhetoric in Plato's Gorgias (448e6-461b2). It begins by clarifying what, ethically,...
Ralph M. McInerny 1929-2010
Ralph McInerny passed away on January 29, the day after the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, to whose thought he devoted his long and productive career. His most recent book (the total number exceeds 100), Dante and the Blessed Virgin, appeared earlier...
Ratio: March 2010, Vol. 23, No. 1
Ethical Blind-Spots: Why Socrates Was Not a Cosmopolitan, TIMOTHY CHAPPELL Though Socrates can easily look like a cosmopolitan in moral and political theory, a closer reading of the relevant texts shows that, in the most important sense of the term...
Salomon Maimon's Commentary on the Subject of the Given in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
IN THE CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON (hereafter CPR (1)) Kant makes multiple allusions to the "thing in itself." (2) He also mentions that, while understanding spontaneously produces concepts, sensibility receives its objects passively. (3) An initial reading...
Stanley Rosen's Critique of Leo Strauss
Was there ever a pupil, wise or foolish, who in fact agreed with his master in every point? --Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern STANLEY ROSEN'S CRITIQUES OF HIS TEACHER, Leo Strauss, are invariably brisk and stylish philosophic polemics....
The Philosophical Quarterly: April 2010, Vol. 60, No. 239
Utilitarianism, Contractualism and Demandingness, ALISON HILLS One familiar criticism of utilitarianism is that it is too demanding. It requires us to promote the happiness of others, even at the expense of our own projects, our integrity, or the...
The Philosophical Quarterly: January 201 O, Vol. 60, No. 238
Alternative Questions and Knowledge Attributions, MARIA ALONI and PAUL EGRE This article discusses the "problem of convergent knowledge," an argument presented by J. Schaffer in favor of contextualism about knowledge attributions, mad against the...
The Philosophical Quarterly: October 2009, Vol. 59, No. 237
Creativity Naturalized, MARIA E. KRONFELDNER In this article, it is argued that creativity is compatible with determinism and therefore with naturalistic explanation. Different kinds of novelty are explored, corresponding with four distinct concepts...
The Philosophical Review: April 2010, Vol. 119, No. 2
Leibniz and the Puzzle of Incompossibility: The Packing Strategy, JEFFREY K. MCDONOUGH Confronting the threat of a Spinozistic necessitarianism, Leibniz insists that not all possible substances are compossible--that they can't all be instantiated...
The Philosophical Review: January 2010, Vol. 119, No. 1
Decision-Theoretic Paradoxes as Voting Paradoxes, RACHAEL BRIGGS It is a platitude among decision theorists that agents should choose their actions so as to maximize expected value. But exactly how to define expected value is contentious. Evidential...
The Ultimate Final Argument
I PROPOSE HERE A NEW INTERPRETATION of the "Final Argument" for immortality in Plato's Phaedo. Although the "Final Argument" is sometimes taken to encompass, even, Socrates' entire reply to Cebes (95a-107b), I am most interested in the very last and...