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. 49, No. 4, June

Are There Natural Rights in Aristotle?
I would like to begin addressing the question raised in my title by distinguishing two issues: First, does Aristotle have the concept of natural rights? Second, does he give this concept a central role to play in his political theory? The first question...
Aristotle and the Origins of Natural Rights
In Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics, I attributed three main theses to Aristotle: that a metaphysical theory of nature is part of the foundations of political philosophy; that the virtue of justice is central to practical politics;...
Aristotle on Human Nature and Political Virtue
Aristotle gives us an account of [theta][upsilon][sigma][iota][sigma] or nature in the Physics which is adequate for his immediate purposes there, but gives little indication of his broad deployment in the ethical and political works of the concept...
Aristotle's Conception of Freedom
Aristotle for Liberals. In the present struggle between liberals and communitarians,(1) it is most often the communitarians who are seen bearing the standard of Aristotle. Yet liberalism's Aristotelian roots are deep; a continuous line of influence...
Aristotle's Place in the History of Natural Rights
That Aristotle has a place in the history of natural rights would not have seemed a startling proposition a hundred years ago. Ernest Barker declared in 1906 that for Aristotle, "the life-breath of the State . . . is a justice which assures to each...
Justice and Rights in Aristotle's 'Politics.'(Aristotle's 'Politics': A Symposium)
In the nineteenth century, and even as late as the 1940s, when Barker's translation (or rather, paraphrase) appeared, most translators and commentators on Aristotle's Politics did not hesitate, in some contexts, to employ the language of "rights" in...
Sharing in the Constitution
Fred Miller's Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics(1) is a heroic attempt to make the concept of rights central to Aristotle's political philosophy. The argument, although intriguing and richly rewarding, seems to me not to work. There...