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. 46, No. 4, June

American Philosophy Today
PERHAPS THE MOST STRIKING FEATURE of professional philosophy in North America at this historic juncture (1992) is its scope and scale.(1) The historian Bruce Kuklick entitled his informative study of academic philosophy in the United States, The Rise...
Aristotelian Friendship: Self-Love and Moral Rivalry
IN THE FIRST SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS of Nicomachean Ethics 9.8, Aristotle asks "whether a man should love himself most" (NE 1168a28),(1) and asserts that "men say that one ought to love best one's best friend" (1168b1). Yet earlier (1159a27) Aristotle...
Aristotle on Property
I JONATHAN BARNES HAS WRITTEN RECENTLY that "Aristotle's remarks [on property] in the Politica are too nebulous to sustain any serious critical discussion."(1) Some scholars are (a bit) more confident about successfully getting to the bottom...
On Plato's 'Sophist.'
ONCE THE STRANGER TAKES OVER THE DISCUSSION at the beginning of the Sophist,(1) and agrees to discuss the sophist, the statesman, and the philosopher, it is hard to remember that Socrates had arranged to meet with Theodorus, Theaetetus, and young Socrates...
Rationality and Morality
IT IS OFTEN ASSUMED that being prudent, being moral, and being rational are all distinct and distinguishable. It is widely accepted that being prudent is acting on behalf of, or with a regard for, one's own interests, whatever they may be; that being...
Rights, Law and the Right
THERE IS MUCH TALK THESE DAYS OF RIGHTS: civil rights, legal rights, natural rights, human rights, women's rights, reproductive rights, children's rights. A great deal of it--if not all of it--is confused and confusing. Indeed, it is safe to say...