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. 4, June

American Philosophical Quarterly: April 2010, Vol. 47, No. 2
Scents and Sensibilia, CLARE BATTY An ongoing debate in the philosophy of perception is the one concerning how we should account for the phenomenal character--or the "what it is like"--of perceptual experience. Within this debate, there are those...
American Philosophical Quarterly: January 2010, Vol. 47, No. 1
How Privileged Is First-Person Privileged Access? MICHAEL PAUEN Many philosophers agree that mental states are subject to privileged first-person access. Exactly what privileged, first-person access means is controversial, but it seems that, while...
A Reexamination of the Hylomorphic Theory of Death
RECENT ADVANCES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, especially the introduction of various intensive-care and life-support machines, have necessitated a reassessment of traditional medical and philosophical beliefs regarding the criteria of death. Many philosophers...
Aristotle on the Differences between Plants, Animals, and Human Beings and on the Elements as Instruments of the Soul (De Anima 2.4.415b18)
WHY DO ALL ANIMALS POSSESS SENSE PERCEPTION while plants don't? Should the difference in quality of life between human beings and wolves be explained by supposing that wolves have degenerated souls? This paper argues that for Aristotle differences...
Cantor's Concept of Set in the Light of Plato's Philebus
IN THE OPENING SENTENCE of his final mathematical publication, Beitrage zur Begrundung der transfiniten Mengenlehre, Cantor states in a few words what h.e means by a set. By a "set" we understand every collection M of definite well-distinguished...
Crosswords and Coherence
A COMMON OBJECTION TO COHERENTISM is that it cannot account for truth: if a true theory and a false theory are equally coherent (and equally simple, comprehensive, and so forth), coherentism gives us no reason to prefer the former over the latter....
European Journal of Philosophy: March 2010, Vol. 18, No. 1
Self-respect and the Respect of Others, COLIN BIRD This paper examines the claim that agents' self-respect depends on receiving appropriate respect from others. It concentrates on a particular version of the claim defended by Avishai Margalit. The...
International Philosophical Quarterly: December 2009, Vol. 49, No. 4
The Nihilistic Consequences of the Argument from Evil, DANIEL KOLB and ROBERT LEHE The evidential argument for atheism from evil may be appealing because it seems both less naive and more enlightened than theism. However, implicit in the argument...
International Philosophical Quarterly: March 2010, Vol. 50, No. 1
Writing the Law/Gospel Dialectic of, and in, Lutheranism: Rethinking Westphal's "Religiousness C" in Practice in Christianity, CARL S. HUGHES This paper suggests an alternative reading of Practice in Christianity to Merold Westphal's interpretation...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: July 2010, Vol. 48, No. 3
The Ends of Weather: Teleology in Renaissance Meteorology, CRAIG MARTIN Renaissance natural philosophers believed that meteorological phenomena were imperfect mixtures that lacked their own essences or substantial forms. This contention, along with...
Kant, Hegel, and Habermas: Reflections on "Glauben Und Wissen"
THIS ESSAY EXAMINES Immanuel Kant's (1724-1804), Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel's (1770-1831), and Jurgen Habermas's (1929-) accounts of God and of the interplay of belief about God (1) and philosophically justified knowledge. Hegel's account is central,...
Mind: January 2010, Vol. 119, No. 473
The Conditionals of Deliberation, KEITH DEROSE Practical deliberation often involves conditional judgments about what will (likely) happen if certain alternatives are pursued. It is widely assumed that the conditionals useful in deliberation are...
Philosophy: April 2010, Vol. 85, No. 2
Why Ethical Philosophy Needs to Be Comparative, JOEL J. KUPPERMAN Principles can seem as entrenched in moral experience as Kant thinks space, time, and the categories are in human experience of the world. However not all cultures have such a view....
Phronesis: Vol. 55, No. 2
Signification, Essence, and Meno's Paradox: A Reply to David Charles's 'Types of Definition in the Meno', GAIL FINE According to David Charles, in the Meno Socrates fleetingly distinguishes the signification from the essence question, but, in the...
Ratio: June 2010, Vol. 23, No. 2
In Defence of Fictional Incompetence, DAN CAVEDON-TAYLOR The claim that photographs are fictionally incompetent (that is, that they can only depict those particulars they are appropriately causally related to) is argued by Noel Carroll, Gregory...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
ALBAUGH, STEPHEN LYMAN. Heads. Des Moines: Iowa Institute of Philosophy, 2009. 174pp. Paper, $12.00. ANDERSON-GOLD, SHARON AND MUCHNIK, PABLO. Kant's Anatomy of Evil. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 251 pp. No price provided. ANDREOU,...