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. 58, No. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 88, No. 1, Winter 2004
Boethian Reflections on God: Between Logic and Metaphysics, CLAUDIO MICAELLI This paper systematically reconstructs Boethius's reflections on God, attempting to find the common element to which all of the variations in these reflections can be retraced....
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 42, No. 1, January 2005
The Voices of Reason, CHRISOULA ANDREOU It is widely held that instrumental reasoning to a practical conclusion is parasitic on noninstrumental practical reasoning. This conclusion is based on the claim that when there is no reason to adopt a certain...
Aquinas on the Nature of Human Beings
I IN THIS PAPER, I PROVIDE A FORMULATION of Thomas Aquinas's account of the nature of human beings for the purpose of comparing it with other accounts in both the history of philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy. (1) I discuss how his...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 82, No. 3, September 2004
Luminous Margins, BRIAN WEATHERSON Timothy Williamson has recently argued that few mental states are luminous, meaning that to be in that state is to be in a position to know that you are in the state. His argument rests on the plausible principle...
Emotions and Biology: Remarks on the Contemporary Trend
THE PAST DECADE has seen a tidal wave of publications on emotion. The topic has engaged the energy and the imagination of the professionals to whose fields it belongs, and some of these have delivered it to the reading public in a series of highly...
European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 3, December 2004
Approaching Perpetual Peace: Kant's Defense of a League of States and his Ideal of a World Federation, PAULINE KLEINGELD It is generally assumed that Kant advocates a voluntary league of states and rejects the ideal of a world federation of states...
International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 2004
Moral and Political Prudence in Kant, ERIC SEAN NELSON This paper challenges the standard view that Kant ignored the role of prudence in moral life by arguing that there are two notions of prudence at work in his moral and political thought. First,...
International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, December 2004
Kierkegaard's Religiousness C: A Defense, MEROLD WESTPHAL Against two recent critiques, this paper defends the thesis that such later writings of Kierkegaard as Works of Love and Practice in Christianity introduce an understanding of Christianity...
Jacques Maritain: La Vie Intellectuelle
THIS ARTICLE IS OCCASIONED BY THE RECENT APPEARANCE of three books focused on the life and thought of Jacques Maritain (1882-1973): Jude P. Dougherty, Jacques Maritain, An Intellectual Profile; John P. Hittinger, Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace, Thomism...
Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 101, No. 7, July 2004
Justice and Personal Pursuits, KOK-CHORTAN The institutional approach to justice offers a division of labor that provides a way of balancing the demands of egalitarian justice and personal pursuits. G.A. Cohen rejects the institutional approach...
Journal of the Hitory of Philosophy: Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2005
God's Immutability and the Necessity of Descartes' Eternal Truths, DAN KAUFMAN Descartes held that the eternal truths are freely created by God, and that the eternal truths are necessary truths. This paper examines Descartes's explanation of the...
Mind: Vol. 113, No. 452, October 2004
Multigrade Redicates, ALEX OLIVER and TIMOTHY SMILEY The history of the idea of predicate is the history of its emancipation. The lesson of this paper is that there are two more steps to take. The first is to recognize that predicates need not have...
Philosophical Review: Vol. 113, No. 1, January 2004
Descriptivism, Pretense, and the Frege-Russell Problems, FREDERICK KROON Neodescriptivists like Frank Jackson and David Lewis think that they are in a far better position to tackle the problems that led Frege and Russell to their descriptivist accounts...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 69, No. 1, July 2004
The Phenomenology of Cognition Or What Is It Like to Think That P? DAVID PITT A number of philosophers endorse, without argument, the view that there is something it is like consciously to think that p, which is distinct from what it is like consciously...
Philosophy: Vol. 79, No. 4, October 2004
What Ayer Saw When He Was Dead, ABIGAIL L. ROSENTHAL It was news verging on sensational when A. J. Ayer came back from four minutes of heart death with a report of what he saw. Especially since the philosopher, who publicized his near-death experience...
Phronesis: Vol. 49, No. 2, April 2004
Socrates' Avowals of Knowledge, DAVID WOLFSDORF The paper examines Socrates' avowals and disavowals of knowledge in the standardly accepted early Platonic dialogues. It is shown that, in particular, alleged avowals of knowledge have been variously...
Plato on Identity, Sameness, and Difference
AMONG THE CONCEPTS CENTRAL to Plato's metaphysical vision are those of identity, sameness, and difference. For example, it is on the basis of a claim about putative cases of sameness among different things that Plato postulates the existence of separate...
Ratio: Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2004
Epistemicism and the Combined Spectrum, TORIN ALTER and STUART RACHELS Derek Parfit's combined spectrum argument seems to conflict with epistemicism, a viable theory of vagueness. While Parfit argues for the indeterminacy of personhood, epistemicism...
Striving to Speak in a Human Voice: A Peircean Contribution to Metaphysical Discourse *
I A. N. WHITEHEAD SUGGESTS philosophy is akin to poetry. (1) Let me count the ways or, more exactly, identify four facets of this kinship. After touching upon these facets, I will in the second part of this paper focus directly on the relationship...
The Monist: Vol. 88, No. 1, January 2005
What Ppart of 'Know' Don't You Understand? DEBORAH BROWN In the seventeenth century the terms "wit" and "humour" carried distinct connotations, "wit" being connected with our intellectual faculties, and "humour" with our physiologically based temperaments...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 54, No. 217, October 2004
Minimalism and the Value of Truth, MICHAEL P. LYNCH Minimalists generally see themselves as engaged in a descriptive project. They maintain that they can explain everything we want to say about truth without appealing to anything other than the...