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. 4, June

Albertus Magnus and the Recovery of Aristotelian Form
I THE DISTINCTION OF THE PLATONIC and Aristotelian conceptions of form common to modern textbooks has a specifically medieval origin that is little remarked upon by historians of philosophy. Prior to the middle of the thirteenth century, interpretation...
American Philosophical Quarterly: April 2011, Vol. 48, No. 2
A Plague on Both Your "Isms," P. M. S. HACKER "Isms" can be the bane of critical thought, for they provide an array of ready-mades that are often used as substitutes for careful description and analysis. Today's "isms" also have a tendency, as Robert...
Aristotle on the Virtues of Rhetoric
WITHOUT THE SKILLS OF PERSUASION, a politician might be a dangerous bumbler, a loose cannon. Speaking well, speaking convincingly to the purpose at hand, is among the central political skills. As Aristotle characterizes it, rhetoric--the art of finding...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: June 2011, Vol. 89, No. 2
A Posteriori Physicalists Get Our Concepts Wrong, PHILIP GOFF Dualists say plausible things about our mental concepts: there is a way of thinking of pain, in terms of how it feels, which is independent of its causal role. Physicalists make attractive...
European Journal of Philosophy: March 2011, Vol. 19, No. 1
Kantian Constructivism, the Issue of Scope, and Perfectionism: O'Neill on Ethical Standing, THOMAS M. BESCH Kantian constructivists accord a constitutive, justificatory role to the issue of scope: they typically claim that first-order practical...
Hegel, Recognition, and Religion
HEGEL SUGGESTS, on more than a few occasions, that a complete appraisal of our ability to discursively represent the world should terminate in the realization that God is the proper object of science. He likewise suggests that our knowledge claims...
International Philosophical Quarterly: March 2011, Vol. 51, No. 1
Rival Confucian Rights: Left or Right Confucianism? MAY SIM Commentators who find in Confucianism the resources for cross-cultural dialogues about human rights frequently tend to be divided in their emphases on liberal or conservative aspects of...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: July 2011, Vol. 49, No. 3
Duns Scotus: Some Recent Research, RICHARD CROSS This article aims to give a brief survey of some of the major secondary literature on Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) from 1999 to the present, under the following headings: universals and individuation...
Leo Strauss on the Origins of Hobbes's Natural Science
LEO STRAUSS'S UNFINISHED MANUSCRIPT, Hobbes' Critique of Religion (1933-34), which Gabriel Bartlett and Svetozar Minkov have now translated into English, (1) belongs to the period that Strauss identifies as the crucial one in his intellectual development,...
Mind: October 2010, Vol. 119, No. 476
Aristotelian Endurantism: A New Solution to the Problem of Temporary Intrinsics, JEFFREY E. BROWER It is standardly assumed that there are three--and only three--ways to solve the problem of temporary intrinsics: (a) embrace presentism, (b) relativize...
Philosophical Review: April 2011, Vol. 120, No. 2
Russell on Substitutivity and the Abandonment of Propositions, IAN PROOPS One of the main arguments Russell offers for the Theory of Descriptions in "On Denoting" is that it can be used to solve a puzzle about substitutivity. This article argues...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: March 2011, Vol. 82, No. 2
Faultless Disagreement and Aesthetic Realism, KARL SCHAFER It has recently been argued that certain areas of discourse, such as discourse about matters of taste, involve a phenomenon of faultless disagreement that rules out giving a standard realist...
Philosophy: March 2011, Vol. 86, No. 2
Defining Evil Away: Arendt's Forgiveness, ABIGAIL L. ROSENTHAL Arendt claims that evil is banal and its perpetrators merely shallow. Deliberate evil she takes to be extremely rare. However, nonrare examples of deliberate evil, whose aim is to spoil...
Phronesis: October 2010, Vol. 56, No. 2
Socrates And The Patients: Republic IX, 583c-585a, JAMES WARREN Republic 9, 583c-585a presents something surprisingly unusual in ancient accounts of pleasure and pain--an argument in favor of the view that there are three relevant hedonic states:...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
ABELL, CATHARINE and BANTINAKI, KATERINA, eds. Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 241pp. No price provided. AGAR, NICHOLAS. Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. Cambridge: M.I.T....
The Journal of Philosophy: August 2010, Vol. 107, No. 8
Maxwell's Demon, MEIR HEMMO and ORLY SHENKER Maxwell's Demon is a thought experiment intended by J. C. Maxwell as a counter-example of the second law of thermodynamics, that is, a perpetuum mobile of the second kind. In this paper the authors show...
The Monist: October 2011, Vol. 94, No. 4
Cosmopolitanism and Making Room (or Not)for Special Duties, PATTI TAMARA LENARD and MARGARET MOORE Lenard and Moore's essay begins by noting that cosmopolitan political theory has been criticized for its failure to acknowledge the moral relevance...
The Philosophical Quarterly: April 2011, Vol. 61, No. 243
Using Mereological Principles to Support Metaphysics, MAUREEN DONNELLY Mereological principles are sometimes used to support general claims about the structure and arrangement of objects in the world. The author focuses initially on one such mereological...
Thomas Aquinas, Esse Intentionale, and the Cognitive as Such
IT IS POPULAR AMONG AQUINAS SCHOLARS to present esse intentionale as the mode of being that distinguishes cognizant from noncognizant beings. St. Thomas says something is cognizant just in case it is able to possess, in addition to its own form, the...