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. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Fall 2011, Vol. 85, No. 4
Self-honesty and Grammatical Appeals, JOHN H. WHITTAKER One persistent element of Wittgenstein's philosophical work is his insistence on self-honesty as a condition for doing logical or sense-oriented philosophy. This gives his work a spiritual...
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American Philosophical Quarterly: January 2012, Vol. 49, No. 1
The Monotonicity of 'No' and the No-Proposition View, BRADLEY ARMOUR-GARB This article reveals a tension between a fairly standard response to "liar sentences," of which "'(L) Sentence (L)' is not true" is an instance, and some features of our natural...
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American Philosophical Quarterly: October 2011, Vol. 48, No. 4
The Argument from Self-Creation: A Refutation of Act-Consequentialism and a Defense of Moral Options, ALEX RAJCZI The standard form of act-consequentialism requires us to perform the action with the best consequences; it allows choice only on those...
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Australasian Journal of Philosophy: March 2012, Vol. 90, No. 1
Against Credibility, JOSEPH SHIEBER How does the monitoring of a testifier's credibility by recipients of testimony bear upon the epistemic license accruing to a recipient's belief in the testifier's communications? According to an intuitive and...
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Ethics and History in Hegel's Practical Philosophy
ONE OF HEGEL'S most controversial contributions to practical philosophy is his attempt to situate ethics within a progressive philosophy of history. This implies that historically given practices and institutions can be assessed in two ways: they can...
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European Journal of Philosophy: December 2011, Vol. 19, No. 4
The Relationist and Substantivalist Theories of Time: Foes or Friends? JIRI BENOVSKY There are two traditionally rival views about the nature of time: substantivalism that takes time to be a substance that exists independently of events located...
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International Philosophical Quarterly: 2011, Vol. 51, No. 4
Against Superkitten Ethics, PHILIP E. DEVINE The author here criticizes the use of science-fiction examples in ethics, chiefly, though not solely, by defenders of abortion. We have no reliable intuitions concerning such examples--certainly nothing...
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Mind: July 2011, Vol. 120, No. 479
Frege's Puzzle and the Objects of Credence, DAVID J. CHALMERS The objects of credence are the entities to which credences are assigned for the purposes of a successful theory of credence. The author uses cases akin to Frege's puzzle to argue against...
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Order and the Determinate: The Good as a Metaphysical Concept in Aristotle
DEVELOPING AND REWORKING the young Platonic tradition, Aristotle twice affirms that being is better than nonbeing. (1) For both Plato and Aristotle, this affirmation shapes a worldview; it is the fragile heartbeat of an essay at wisdom, guarded and...
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Peirce's Incomplete Synthetic Turn
PEIRCE'S PRAGMATISM HIDES many enigmas. One of the most provocative is that it introduces many new philosophical tools-suffice it to mention semiotic, abductive logic, a heuristic based on continuity, and a reproposal of scholastic realism--all essential...
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Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: January 2012, Vol. 84, No. 1
In Defense of the Phenomenal Concept Strategy, KATALIN BALOG In this article, the author discusses the phenomenal concept strategy. According to the author, on the constitutional account, there is an intimate relation between phenomenal concepts...
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Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: November 2011, Vol. 83, No. 3
The Role of Visual Language in Berkeley's Account of Generality, KATHERINE DUNLOP This article presents literary criticism of George Berkley's New Theory of Vision and The Principles of Human Knowledge. It examines the role of visual language on...
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Philosophy: October 2011, Vol. 86, No. 4
We Are Not Human Beings, DEREK PARFIT We can start with some science fiction. Here on Earth, I enter the Teletransporter. When I press some button, a machine destroys my body, while recording the exact states of all my cells. This information is...
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Phronesis: 2012, Vol. 57, No. 1
Modes of Being at Sophist 255c-e, FIONA LEIGH This article argues for a new interpretation of the argument for the nonidentity of Being and Difference at Sophist 255c-e, which turns on a distinction between modes of being a property. Though indebted...
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Ratio: December 2011, Vol. 24, No. 4
Deontological Moral Obligations and Non-Welfarist Agent-Relative Values, MICHAEL SMITH Many claim that a plausible moral theory would have to include a principle of beneficence, a principle telling us to produce goods that are both welfarist and...
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Ratio: March 2012, Vol. 25, No. 1
Character, Psychoanalytic Identification, and Numerical Identity, LOUISE BRADDOCK Identification figures prominently in moral psychological explanations. It is here argued that, in identification, the subject has an "identity-thought," which is...
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The Journal of the History of Philosophy: April 2012, Vol. 50, No. 2
A Likely Account of Necessity: Plato's Receptacle as a Physical and Metaphysical Foundation for Space, BARBARA SATTLER This paper aims to show that--and how--Plato's notion of the receptacle in the Timaeus provides the conditions for developing...
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The Philosophical Quarterly: January 2012, Vol. 62, No. 246
Credit Theories and the Value of Knowledge, JASON BAEHR One alleged advantage of credit theories of knowledge is that they are capable of explaining why knowledge is essentially more valuable than mere true belief. The author argues that credit...
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The Philosophical Review: January 2012, Vol. 121, No. 1
Belief and Indeterminacy, MICHAEL CAIE An attractive approach to the semantic paradoxes holds that cases of semantic pathology give rise to indeterminacy. What attitude should a rational agent have toward a proposition that he takes to be indeterminate...
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The Principles of the First Critique
IN THE A PREFACE to the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant gives us a general description of its central task. The "critique of pure reason" is to be a critique of the faculty of reason in general, in respect of all the cognitions after which reason...
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What Goodness Is: Order as Imitation of Unity in Augustine
I AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO famously argues that evil is privatio boni, a privation of good. (1) There is no such thing as independently existing evil, he insists. Rather, evil things are "evil goods," good things which have become corrupted. (2) If a...
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