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. 51, No. 3, March

Abelard's Theory of Relations: Reductionism and the Aristotelian Tradition
Due to the influence of Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege, twentieth-century philosophers have devoted a great deal of attention to questions concerning the logic and metaphysics of relations. However, systematic philosophical interest in relations...
Descartes and Suarez on Secondary Qualities: A Tale of Two Readings
When, in the course of the third meditation, Descartes puts forth his position on the material falsity of obscure and confused prejudgmental adventitious ideas wherein the mind conceives of and represents an alleged privation such as cold, a non-thing...
The Method of Philosophy: Making Distinctions
It is notoriously difficult for philosophers to explain, to people unfamiliar with their discipline, what it is that they do. "I teach." "What do you teach?" "Philosophy." If we were to say "physics" or "history" or even "psychology," our interlocutors...
The 'Republic's Third Wave and the Paradox of Political Philosophy
"Unless," I said, "the philosophers rule as kings or those now called kings and chiefs genuinely and adequately philosophize, and political power and philosophy coincide in the same place, while the many natures now making their way to either apart from...
Thomas Aquinas and the Axiom That Unreceived Act Is Unlimited
Among twentieth-century students of Thomas Aquinas, different aspects have been singled out as central to, indeed, even as holding the key to his metaphysics. Thus his metaphysics of essence and existence, his theory of act and potency, his views concerning...