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. 47, No. 4, June

Can There Be Texts without Audiences? the Identity and Function of Audiences
The audience is the real or imaginary group of persons who are in fact acquainted, could be acquainted, or are meant to be acquainted with a given text. Etymologically, the term "audience" refers to a group of listeners. This meaning of the term goes...
Heidegger's Method: Philosophical Concepts as Formal Indications
To give them as much credit as possible, words possess only sufficient efficacy to remind us in order that we may seek things, but not to exhibit the things that we know by them. Augustine, De magistro.(1) In 1929, after rejecting the suggestion...
Knowing Essentials
We often use phrases like, "knowing the essence of a thing" or "getting to the essence of a thing," but such expressions may be misleading and may provoke unfortunate epistemological problems. They suggest that we somehow extract an essence from the...
Philosophical Reflections on Coma
The primary aim of this essay is to advance discussion on how best to treat comatose patients. Its principal conclusion will be (1) Some purportedly irreversibly comatose humans ought to be kept alive indefinitely.(1) Of course, merely keeping...
The First Principle of Personal Becoming
I Personal development has two broad phases: the first is that of infancy, childhood, and adolescence; the second is that of our continuing development as adults. Without excluding the former, I wish to concentrate upon the latter in order to...