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. 61, No. 4, June

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 81, No. 4, Fall 2007
This article investigates the nature of Aristotelian syllogistics and shows that the categorical syllogism is fundamentally about showing the connection, in the premises of the syllogism, between the major and minor terms as stated in the conclusion....
Aristotle's Defense of the Theoretical Life: Comments on Politics 7
ARISTOTLE OPENS POLITICS 7, his discussion of the "best form of government" (politeias aristes), which he later calls "the city according to prayer" (kat'euchen), by informing his audience of his plan of attack. (1) Anyone who undertakes an inquiry...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 86, No. 1, March 2008
Public Goods and Fairness, GARRETT CULLITY To what extent can we as a community legitimately require individuals to contribute to producing public goods? Most of us think that, at least sometimes, refusing to pay for a public good that you have...
Camus on Sartre's "Freedom"-Another "Misunderstanding"
SARTRE'S EARLY, formative view of freedom has bothered both passing readers of Sartre and eminent scholars--among them Gabriel Marcel, Merleau-Ponty, and the brilliant philosophical writer, Albert Camus. Sartre's attribution of "absolute," "total"...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 16, No. 1, April 2008
McDowell on External Reasons, JOHN BRUNERO The paper considers McDowell's reply to Williams's internalism about practical reason, specifically, McDowell's suggestion that externalists can appeal to conversion to explain how one comes to be motivated...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 48, No. 1, March 2008
Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) found phenomenology very helpful for the analysis of concrete human experience and for overcoming the ethical formalism of Kant. Phenomenology, he believed, could also enrich classical Thomism by exploring the lived...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 46, No. 3, July 2008
Inquiry Without Names in Plato's Cratylus, CHRISTINE J. THOMAS The interlocutors of Plato's Cratylus agree that "it is far better to learn and to inquire from the things themselves than from their names" (439b6-8). Although surprisingly little attention...
Mind: Vol. 117, No. 465, January 2008
Coherence as a Heuristic, STAFFAN ANGERE The impossibility results of Bovens and Hartmann (2003) and Olsson (2005) call into question the strength of the connection between coherence and truth. As part of the inquiry into this alleged link, Angere...
Philosophy: Vol. 83, No. 1, January 2008
A Metaphysics of Ordinary Things and Why We Need It, LYNNE RUDDER BAKER Mainstream metaphysicians today take little ontological interest in the world as we interact with it. They interpret the variety of things in the world as variety only of concepts...
Philosophy: Vol. 83, No. 2
How We Trust One Another, OSWALD HANFLING How is the possibility of promising to be explained without circularity? Appeal is made to the role of natural inclinations in linguistic behavior, which presupposes truth telling and promise keeping, and...
Phronesis: Vol. 53, No. 2, 2008
False Names, Demonstratives and the Refutation of Linguistic Naturalism in Plato's Cratylus 427d1-431c3, IMOGEN SMITH This paper offers an interpretation of Plato's Cratylus 427d1-431c3 that supports a reading of the dialogue as a whole as concluding...
Precedents in Aristotle and Brentano for Husserl's Concern with Metabasis
HUSSERL'S WORK is marked by an abiding, if not always explicit, concern to avoid metabasis eis allo genos (a change into some other genus). This concern stands as a common element linking the pre-transcendental and the transcendental phenomenological...
Ratio: Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2007
Wittgensetin's Critique of Frazer, JACQUES BOUVERESSE This paper provides a systematic exposition of what Wittgenstein took to be the fundamental error committed by James George Frazer, author of the classic anthropological work The Golden Bough,...
Spinoza's Virtuous Passions
A CENTRAL MESSAGE OF SPINOZA'S ETHICS is that we achieve freedom by mastering the emotions. (1) Harkening back to the ancient Stoics, Spinoza describes human bondage as "man's lack of power to control and check the emotions. For a man at the mercy...
The Influence of Schleiermacher's Second Speech on Religion on Heidegger's Concept of Ereignis
MARTIN HEIDEGGER'S CONCEPT OF THE EREIGNIS has fascinated and puzzled interpreters of his philosophy. The strangeness of this concept is illustrated by the number of different translations. It has been rendered as "event of appropriation," "enowning,"...
The Monist: Vol. 91, No. 2, April 2008
Against Consciousness Chauvinism, ITAY SHANI Consciousness chauvinism is the view that only conscious psychological states are intrinsically mental and that the mentality of unconscious psychological states is derived from the authentic mentality...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 58, No. 231, April 2008
Two Arguments Against Realism, TIMOTHY BAYS Bays presents two generalizations of Putnam's model-theoretic argument against realism. The first replaces Putnam's model theory with some new, and substantially simpler, model theory, while the second...