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. 59, No. 3, March

Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 83, No. 4, December 2006
No Objects, No Problem? MATTHEW McGRATH One familiar form of argument for rejecting entities of a certain kind is that, by rejecting them, we avoid certain difficult problems associated with them. Such problem-avoidance arguments backfire if the...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 13, No. 2, August 2005
Nietzsche on Truth, Illusion, and Redemption, R. LANIER ANDERSON Nietzsche's views on truth have provoked controversy: some commentators emphasize texts attacking the possibility and/or desirability of truth, while others highlight Nietzsche's praise...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 13, No. 3, December 2005
Habermas's Moral Cognitivism and the Frege-Geach Challenge, JAMES GORDON FINLAYSON This article levels a challenge at Habermas's discourse ethics which is more usually directed to theories denying that moral discourse is truth-bearing. James Gordon...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 46, No. 1, March 2006
A Taxonomy of Technics, RICHARD COMBES Even as philosophers increasingly apply their analytical acumen to other subjects of intellectual study, technology is one area relegated to the sidelines. To help dispel such prejudice, this exercise in applied...
Joseph Owens, CSSR (1908-2005)
Joseph Owens died in Toronto, on 30 October 2005, after a long illness. A native of New Brunswick, he chose to serve the Church as a pastor, and he was ordained in 1933 and sent to obtain a Licentiate in philosophy in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1951. He was...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 44, No. 2, April 2006
Platonic Recollection and Mental Pregnancy, GLENN RAWSON Plato's founding position in the tradition of epistemological nativism has been underestimated. In addition to his notorious, naively nondispositional model of learning as recollection, Plato...
Philosophy: Vol. 80, No. 4, October 2005
What, if Aything, are Colours Relative To? JOHN HYMAN The questions considered are whether colors are relative to systems of color concepts, to the conditions in which they are observed, or to observers or communities of observers; and whether the...
Phronesis: Vol. 51, No. 1, February 2006
Euthyphro's Thesis Revisited, PANOS DIMAS It has been an interpretative dogma to condemn Euthyphro's attempt to account for piety in terms of the gods' wishes as one totally repudiated by Socrates, and in itself untenable. Still at 15c8-9 Socrates...
Ratio: Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2005
Physical Realism, BRIAN ELLIS Physical realism is the thesis that the world is more or less as present-day physical theory says it is, that is, a mind-independent reality that consists fundamentally of physical objects that have causal powers, are...
Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005)
On 5 August 2005, Raymond Klibansky passed away in Montreal, just a few weeks before his hundredth birthday--he was born in Paris on 15 October 1905. A true cosmopolitan, Klibansly divided his time among McGill (whose faculty he had joined in 1946...
The Monist: Vol. 89, No. 3, July 2006
On the Process of Coming into Existence, ANTHONY GALTON If something is in the process of coming into existence, it does not yet exist; so how can it be referred to? In this paper, several cases of coming into existence are examined, focusing on...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 56, No. 222, January 2006
Conventionalism and Realism-Imitating Counterfactuals, CRAWFORD L. ELDER Historically, opponents of realism have managed to slip beneath a key objection which realists raise against them. The opponents say that some element of the world is constructed...
Thomas Aquinas on the Manifold Senses of Self-Evidence
IT IS CUSTOMARY TO CREDIT Aristotle with the discovery, or at least the first extant formulation, of the concept of self-evidence. (1) Recent work in the history of science has suggested that Aristotle was indebted in this respect to earlier Greek...