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. 4, June

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 78, No. 4, Fall 2004
"The Word is Not Reflexive": Mind and World in Aquinas and Gadamer, JOHN ARTHOS Hans-Georg Gadamer's appropriation of Augustine's analogy of the inner word, the verbum interius, is by now a well known theme in philosophical hermeneutics. But what...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 42, No. 3, July 2005
Anything You Can Do God Can Do Better, YUJIN NAGASAWA and CAMPBELL BROWN The paradox of the stone is a familiar argument that purports to show the incoherence of the notion of an onmipotent God. This paper argues that the paradox loses all force...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 83, No. 1, March 2005
I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Turnip, JOSH PARSONS This paper considers how to put together two popular ideas in the philosophy of time: detenserism (the view that tense can be analyzed in token-reflexive terms) and perdurantism (the view...
Freedom and Moral Agency in the Young Schleiermacher
IN HIS EARLY, UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS ON ETHICS, Schleiermacher sketched the framework for a theory of human agency in which he defends a soft determinist view of freedom. He developed his theory as an alternative to noumenal causality, which he had come...
Gadamer on the Subject's Participation in the Game of Truth
The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror. The self-awareness of the individual is only a flickering in the closed circuits of historical life. (1) THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE HEIDEGGERIAN CRITIQUE of subjectivity has left a profound...
Kant: Let Us Compare
Every thing in this world is judg'd of by comparison. (1) It is impossible to continue in the practice of contemplating any order of beauty, without being frequently obliged to form comparisons between the several species and degrees of ...
Mind Vol. 114, No. 454, April 2005
Are there Genuine Mathematical Explanations of Physical Phenomena ? ALAN BAKER Many explanations in science make use of mathematics, but are there cases where the mathematical component of a scientific explanation is explanatory in its own right?...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 69, No. 3, November 2004
It Adds Up After All: Kant's Philosophy of Arithmetic in Light of the Traditional Logic, R. LANIER ANDERSON Officially, for Kant, judgments are analytic if the predicate is "contained in" the subject. This paper defends the containment definition...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 70, No. 1, January 2005
Descartes, the Cartesian Circle, and Epistemology without God, MICHAEL DELLA ROCCA This paper defends an interpretation of Descartes according to which he sees us as having normative (and not merely psychological) certainty of all clear and distinct...
Phronesis Vol. 49, No. 4, August 2004
What Kind of Hedonist was Epicurus? RAPHAEL WOOLF This paper addresses the question of whether or not Epicurus was a psychological hedonist. Did he, that is, hold that all human action, as a matter of fact, has pleasure as its goal? Or was he just...
Politeia as Focal Reference in Aristotle's Taxonomy of Regimes
THE NATURE OF POLITEIA AND ITS CANDIDACY FOR STATUS as the best regime in the doctrine of Aristotle remains a disputable question. Some scholars insist that whatever the best regime may be, it must be a kind of polity. (1) Others, however, firmly contend...
Ratio Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2005
Objectivity in Ethics; Two Difficulties, Two Responses, DAVID WIGGINS The paper, based on the H. L. A. Hart Memorial Lecture in Jurisprudence and Moral Philosophy, delivered in Oxford on 11 May 2004, sets out to answer two difficulties which the...
Recent Titles in Philosophy *
ABBEY, RUTH, ed. Charles Taylor. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xi + 220 pp. Cloth, $60.00; paper, $20.00. ABOULAFIA, MITCHELL, MYRA BOOKMAN, AND CATHERINE KEMP, eds. Habermas and Pragmatism. New York: Routledge, 2002. xi + 244 pp....
The Essentialist Nominalism of John Burdian
I TO MANY CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHERS, the phrase "essentialist nominalism" may appear to be an oxymoron. After all, essentialism is the doctrine that things come in natural kinds characterized by their essential properties, on account of some common...
The Monist Vol. 88, No. 3, July 2005
Traveling in A- and B- Time, THEODORE SIDER Is presentism consistent with time travel'? The nonexistence of the past as a destination is no obstacle; simply characterize time travel using (binary) tense operators: "BECAUSE I enter the time machine,...