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. 50, No. 1, September

Counterfactuals in Pragmatic Perspective
Historical stagesetting. It is easy to see why logicians would be interested in "counterfactual" conditionals: the very circumstance that their antecedent is contrary-to-fact in stipulating something that is seen as a falsehood sets them apart from...
Friendship and Political Philosophy
They (the statesmen and lawgivers of old) shouldn't have legislated great ruling offices, or unmixed authority; they should have considered something like the following: that a city should be free and prudent and a friend to itself, and that the lawgiver...
Paul Weiss's Method(s) and System(s)
Understanding the work of any philosopher requires that we be familiar not only with its stated claims but also with the method used to arrive at them; both to see whether it has been employed consistently and to try it out ourselves and test its...
Self, Community, and Time: A Shared Sociality
Community and pluralism are often held to be at odds with each other, with a choice to be made between group conformity and individualism, community obligations or individual liberty, and this dilemma in large part structures much contemporary debate....
The Puzzle of Names in Ockham's Theory of Mental Language
In his writings on semantics and logic, William of Ockham combines two very strong claims about mental language: that mental terms are naturally prior to and determinative of the signification of conventional signs and that mental language contains neither...
Why Possible Worlds Aren't
Here is an uncommon argument for doubting the existence of possible worlds. It calls into question the whole spectrum of supposed possible worlds, from Lewis's radically plural real worlds to the world-stories of Adams and Plantinga. More than that,...