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. 2, December

In Memoriam: F.S.C. Northrop (1893-1992)
IN MEMORIAM F. S. C. Northrop (1893-1992) F. S. C. Northrop was singular among American philosophers in his concern with ideological conflicts and their resolution. During a century in which the world was rent by wars and philosophers retreated...
Plato's Pharmacy
ALTHOUGH A GREAT VARIETY OF TOPICS are discussed in Derrida's philosophical writings, a central theme recurs in many of them: the relationship between speech and writing. Derrida consistently uses the same methods to deal with this topic, and my reading...
Pragmatism as Naturalized Hegelianism: Overcoming Transcendental Philosophy?
FROM ITS INCEPTION PRAGMATISM HAS DISPLAYED an ambivalent relation to Hegelianism. John Dewey conceived his experimentalism as a more modest alternative to Hegel's system of absolute idealism, which he deemed "too grand for present tastes."(1) At...
The Metaphysical Science of Aristotle's 'Generation of Animals' and Its Feminist Critics
HOW DOES LIFE BEGIN? How is it and why is it that a child comes into being? To answer these questions about life and its origins requires a system of presuppositions about a great many metaphysical matters, such as causation and its modes of operation,...
The Supplement of the Copula: Linguistic Light on an Old Logical Problem
I ASSERTIONS ARE A SYMBOLIC FORM that exists only within species-specifically human language. Language, of course, allows for many other conventions of symbolic expression: greetings, exclamations, commands, exhortations, imprecations, interrogatives,...
What Did Socrates Teach and to Whom Did He Teach It?
I A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, ancient and modern alike, have always found in Socrates what seemed to them a suspicious, if not actually repugnant, aspect. This aspect, to put the point first in crude terms, is his devotion to philosophy, which...