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. 62, No. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 82, No. 3, Summer 2008
Ghazdff and Metaphorical Predication in the Third Discussion of the Tahafut al-Falasifa, M. V. DOUGHERTY Ghazali's The Incoherence of the Philosophers is an unusual philosophical work for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the author's...
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American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 45, No. 4, October 2008
Orthogonality of Phenomenality and Content, GOTTFRIED VOSGERAU, TOBIAS SCHLICHT, and ALBERT NEWEN This paper explores the orthogonality of phenominality and content. It notes that phenomenality should be explicated without the presupposition of...
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An Idea Is Not Something Mute like a Picture on a Pad
SPINOZA KEPT A SKETCHBOOK in which he made drawings of his many visitors. Unlike Plotinus, he was not ashamed of his body and included himself among his renderings. (1) But the pictures were mute and still. They might suggest the sitters' personalities,...
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Cicero, Aquinas, and Contemporary Issues in Natural Law Theory
THE ADVENT OF THE "NEW NATURAL LAW" THEORY in the latter half of the twentieth century has had the welcome effect of inviting St. Thomas into discussion with contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. With Finnis's seminal work, a broadly...
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European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2009
In Defence of Narrative, ANTHONY RUDD Many recent thinkers (for example, MacIntyre, Taylor, Ricoeur) have argued that the notion of narrative should be central to our thinking about ethics and personal identity. This paper defends the value of a...
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Fallacies regarding Free Will
IT IS NOT MY OBJECT HERE to argue that we humans do actually have free will. I merely want to show the fallaciousness of various arguments to the effect that we do not. Nor do I propose here to plumb into the analytic depths by spelling out in full...
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International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 48, No. 3, September 2008
Skepticism, Sublimity, and Transcendence, ANTHONY RUDD Stanley Cavell has suggested that the deepest roots of skepticism lie in a sense of alienation between the subject and the world, and this has led him to reassess the philosophical importance...
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International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 48, No. 4, December 2008
Truth, Identity, and Correspondence in Hegel's Critique of Judgment, BEN LEVEY Hegel, it has been claimed, conceives of truth as material. Such a conception of truth was far from dominant in the nineteenth century, and Hegel's championing of it...
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Phronesis: Vol. 54, No. 1,2009
Parmenides' Modal Fallacy, FRANK A. LEWIS In his great poem, Parmenides uses an argument by elimination to select the correct "way of inquiry" from a pool of two, the ways of is and of is not, joined later by a third, "mixed" way of is and is not....
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Ratio: Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2008
Justice is not Equality, RICHARD J. ARNESON This essay disputes G. A. Cohen's claim that John Rawls's argument for the difference principle involves an argument from moral arbitrariness to equality and then an illicit move away from equality. Moreover,...
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The Grounds of Right and Obligation in Leibniz and Hobbes
RIGHT AND OBLIGATION are concepts central to moral philosophy. Whether one is a utilitarian, deontologist, contractarian, natural lawyer, theist, or virtue theorist, one must give some account of these concepts, if only to explain them away. Examining...
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The Will as Practical Reason and the Problem of Akrasia
THERE IS A PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITION, still strong, of identifying the will and practical reason, or of requiring a close and intelligible motivational connection between them. (1) Weakness of will, or akrasia, (2) has been widely discussed because of...
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