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. 4, June

Absolute Identity/unity
ANY SEARCH FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL NOTIONS by which we might conceive of the world will have to consider the notion of identity as a very serious candidate. Identity is presupposed in mathematical equations, in the sameness of particles or fields in quantum...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 82, No. 4, Fall 2008
The Anonymous Naming of Names: Pseudonymity and Philosophical Program in Dionysius the Areopagite, CHRISTIAN SCHAFER The key to understanding Dionysius is the methodical acceptance of the literary fiction involved in reading an author who tries...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2009
Stuff, KRISTIE MILLER Linguistically, we distinguish between thing terms and stuff terms, where, roughly, "thing" is a count noun, and "stuff" is a mass noun. Syntactically, "thing" functions as a singular referring term, that is, a term that refers...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 46, No. 2, April 2009
Content Internalism About Indexical Thought, MICHAEL PELCZAR Properly understood, content internalism is the thesis that any difference between the representational contents of two individuals' mental states reduces to a difference in those individuals'...
Aquinas on Limits to Political Responsibility for Virtue: A Comparison to Al-Farabi
I ARISTOTLE, AL-FARABI, Machiavelli, and Strauss: the charge against Aquinas. In a 2007 Review of Metaphysics article, I argued that al-Farabi saw himself as inheriting from Aristotle the problem of limits to political responsibility for virtue....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 86, No. 4, December 2008
If It Itches, Scratch! RICHARD J. HALL Many bodily sensations are connected quite closely with specific actions: itches with scratching, for example, and hunger with eating. Indeed, these connections have the feel of conceptual connections. With...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 87, No. 1, March 2009
Is Vagueness Sui Generis? DAVID BARNETT On the dominant view of vagueness, if it is vague whether Harry is bald, then it is unsettled, not merely epistemically, but metaphysically, whether Harry is bald. In other words, vagueness is a type of indeterminacy....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 87, No. 2, June 2009
John Stuart Mill, Determinism, and the Problem of Induction, ELIJAH MILLGRAM Auguste Comte's doctrine of the three phases through which sciences pass (the theological, the metaphysical, and the positive) allows us to explain what John Stuart Mill...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 49, No. 1, March 2009
The Geography of Finitude: Myth and Earth in Plato's Phaedo, SARA BRILL Plato's use of afferlife myths is often viewed as an abandonment of rational discourse for a coercive practice designed to persuade citizens to be concerned about the condition...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 47, No. 2, April 2009
Recent Themes in the History of Early Analytic Philosophy, JULIET FLOYD This paper offers a survey of the emergence of early analytic philosophy as a subfield of the history of philosophy. The importance of recent literature on Frege, Russell, and...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 47, No. 3, July 2009
The Function of Sensations in Reid, TODD BURAS According to Reid, "the external senses have a double province; to make us feel and to make us perceive." This essay is about the relation of the feeling and the perceiving. By drawing out the interrelations...
Liberalism in Retreat
We do not look at the social order from our situation but take up a point of view that everyone can adopt on an equal footing. In this sense we look at society and our place in it objectively: we share a common standpoint along with others and do not...
Mind: Vol. 118, No. 469, January 2009
No Good Fit: Why the Fitting Attitude Analysis of Value Fails, KRISTER BYKVIST According to the fitting attitude analysis of value (FA-analysis), what is good is what it is fitting to favor in some sense. Much of the discussion of this analysis...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 78, No. 2, March 2009
The Conventional and the Analytic, MANUEL GARCIA-CARPINTERO and MANUEL PEREZ OTERO Putting Thoughts to Work: Concepts, Systematicity, and Stimulus-Independence, ELISABETH CAMP This essay argues that we can reconcile two seemingly incompatible...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 78, No. 3, May 2009
Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics, JEFFREY K. MCDONOUGH This essay examines one of the cornerstones of Leibniz's defense of teleology within the order of nature. The first section explores Leibniz's contributions to the study of...
Philosophy: Vol. 84, No. 1, January 2009
Concepts: Where Subjectivism Goes Wrong, HANS-JOHANN The debate about concepts has always been shaped by a contrast between subjectivism, which treats them as phenomena in the mind or head of individuals, and objectivism, which insists that they...
Philosophy: Vol. 84, No. 2, April 2009
What is the Order Among the Varieties of Goodness? A Question Posed by von Wright; and a Conjecture Made by Aristotle, DAVID WIGGINS The great variousness and plurality of goodness bas given comfort to general skepticism about values and a multitude...
Phronesis: Vol. 54, No. 2, 2009
Mistakes of Reason: Practical Reasoning and the Fallacy of Accident, ALLAN BACK For Aristotle the fallacy of accident arises from mistakes about being per accidens and not from accidental predication. Mistakes in perceiving per accidens come from...
Poincare, Kant, and the Scope of Mathematical Intuition
IN THIS ESSAY I WANT TO RECONSIDER a point of contact between Poincare and Kant, that of mathematical intuition. In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant holds that ordinary empirical cognition reflects two fundamentally different relationships between...
Ratio: Vol. 22, No. 1, January 2009
Naturalism Without Tears, JAMES LENMAN Parfit argues that naturalistic theories that seek to understand normative concepts either as simply descriptive of certain natural facts about our desires or as expressive of our desires commit us to a bleak...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
AGASSI, JOSEPH AND MEIDAN, ABRAHAM. Philosophy from a Skeptical Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 163 pp. Paper: $22.99 Cloth: $80.00. ALLEN, BARRY. Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience. Ithaca: Cornell...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 59, No. 235, April 2009
Must There Be a Top Level? EINAR DUENGER BOHN This article first explores the notion of the world's being such that everything in it is a proper part. It then explores the notion of the world's being such that everything in it both is and has a...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 118, No. 2, April 2009
Production and Necessity, LOUIS DE ROSSET A major source of latter-day skepticism about necessity is the work of David Hume. Hume is widely taken to have endorsed the Humean claim: there are no necessary connections between distinct existences....
The Sovereignty of the Metaphysical in Hegel's Philosophy of Right
THE QUESTION of the relation of metaphysics and politics in Hegel's political thought has become a bone of contention for contemporary approaches to Hegel. This has not always been the case. For example, in the early years of the 20th century, the...