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. 64, No. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Fall, 2010, Vol. 84, No. 4
The Self-Centeredness Objection to Virtue Ethics: Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucian Response, YONG HUANG As virtue ethics has developed into maturity, it has also met with a number of objections. This essay focuses on the self-centeredness objection: since...
Aquinas' Moral Typology of Peace and War
THOMAS AQUINAS' FAMOUS TREATMENT of just war (Summa Theologiae II-II, question 40) is set within a sequence of questions on theological charity. This placement has elicited two quite different assessments, one laudatory, the other critical. According...
Descartes on God, Creation, and Conservation
FUNDAMENTAL TO SCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY, thus in the historical context of Descartes, is the question of how causation is divided or shared between God and creatures. Tad Schmaltz's Descartes on Causation provides an extensive account of Descartes's answer...
Future Contingents and the Battle Tomorrow
WHEN, roughly twenty-five hundred years ago, Aristotle famously wondered about tomorrow's sea battle, he presented us with a splendid problem, a problem neither easily dismissed nor easily solved, one that even now continues to be a valuable source...
Heidegger's Cartesian Nihilism
EVER SINCE MARTIN HEIDEGGER initiated the destruction of the Western philosophical tradition, we have heard that philosophy has come to an end, that metaphysics has exhausted all of its possibilities, that the history of philosophy terminates in nihilism,...
Hutcheson, Smith, and Utilitarianism
IN 1787, fifty years after having been a student of Moral Philosophy under Francis Hutcheson at the University of Glasgow, in his letter accepting the office of Lord Rector at the same university, Adam Smith still recalled and eulogized his former...
Kurt J. Pritzl 1952-2011
Kurt J. Pritzl, Associate Editor of the Review of Metaphysics from June 2002 until March 2006, died on February 21 after a long bout with cancer. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philosophy Education Society, the publisher of the...
Meulders, Michel. Helmholtz: From Enlightenment to Neuroscience
MEULDERS, Michel. Helmholtz: From Enlightenment to Neuroscience. Translated and edited by Laurence Garvey. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010. xvii + 235pp. Cloth, $27.95--Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) is remembered as one of the leading figures of German...
On the Improvability of the World
I THE IMPROVABILITY THESIS and The Issue Of "Natural Evil." The claim that this is the best possible world may seem to be absurd because so much appears to be amiss with the world. The idea that the world is improvable, however, is not without problems....