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. 60, No. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 80, No. 1, Winter 2006
Radical Orthodoxy's Poiesis: Ideological Historiography and Anti-Modern Polemic, WAYNE J. HANKEY For Radical Orthodoxy participatory poiesis is the only form of authentic postmodern theology and determines its dependence upon, as well as the character...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 84, No. 2, June 2006
The Scope and Limits of Human Knowledge, D. M. ARMSTRONG This paper argues that the foundations of our knowledge are the bedrock certainties of ordinary life, what may be called the Moorean truths. Beyond that are the well established results within...
Die Schuldfrage Sixty Years After
TWO CONFLICTING VIEWS divide contemporary philosophers in reading the history of philosophy. One group reads the history of philosophy and the philosophers in it as if the latter were their own academic contemporaries, measuring their predecessors...
Doctoral Dissertations 2005-2006 *
University of Alberta (39) (36) (15) VLADAN DJORDJEVIC, "Counterfactuals." Adviser: Bernard Linsky. ANNA KESSLER, "Rational Hope in Kant's Moral Religion." Adviser: Robert Burch. LI LI, "The Problem of Exportation for Dynamically Holistic...
Ethics, Religion, and Relativism
I THE RECENT PUBLICATION of a collection of essays by Elizabeth Anscombe on the themes of Human Life, Action and Ethics (1) has reawakened some interest in the question of whether morality can be made sense of independently of belief in a transcendent...
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 14, No. 2, August 2006
Perception and Content, BILL BREWER It is close to current orthodoxy that the most basic and theoretically fruitful characterization of perceptual experience is given by its representational content. Thus, perception is provisionally assimilated...
In Defense of International Order: Grotius's Critique of Machiavellism
HUGO GROTIUS (1583-1645), Huigh de Groot in Dutch, lived during turbulent times in which politics mixed with religion. The emerging sovereign and mutually independent states of Europe were incessantly fighting over territorial, dynastic, and commercial...
Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 44, No. 4, October 2006
Kant's Immediatism, Pre-Critique, JULIAN WUERTH The recent spate of literature on Kant's account of the self considers only a small percentage of Kant's recorded views on the self, limiting itself almost exclusively to the Critique. Because Kant...
Mind Vol. 115, No. 458, April 2006
Possible-Worlds Semantics Without Possible Worlds: The Agnostic Approach, JOHN DIVERS If a possible-worlds semantic theory for modal logics is pure, then the assertion of the theory, taken at face value, can bring no commitment to the existence...
Mind Vol. 115, No. 459, July 2006
Zif is If, DAVID BERNETT A conditional takes the form "If A, then C." On the truth-conditional view of conditionals, conditional statements state things with truth-conditions. On the suppositional view, conditional statements involve the expression...
Phronesis Vol. 51, No. 2, May 2006
Reading the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: Theaetetus 170c-171c, T. D. J. CHAPPELL Two readings of the much-discussed [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] argument of Theaetetus 170c-171c have dominated the literature. One the author calls the relativity...
Plato's Minos: The Political and Philosophical Context of the Problem of Natural Right
THE BRIEF DIALOGUE ENTITLED MINOS is one of the thirty-five dialogues attributed by the tradition to Plato. It has often been regarded as a foundational document in the history of legal philosophy. (1) It has also usually been thought--despite its...
Ratio Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2006
Maxims and Thick Ethical Concepts, A. W. MOORE The article begins with Kant's notion of a maxim and considers the role which this notion plays in Kant's formulations of the fundamental categorical imperative. This raises the question of what a maxim...
Rhetoric and Character in Aristotle
IN PLATO'S SOPHIST, the competing claims made against and in behalf of sophistical instruction are examined. (1) Like the Meno, Protagoras, Philebus, and other dialogues, the Sophist undertakes a sustained examination of the nature of knowledge and...
The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein's Thought
AS A MOTTO FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS, Wittgenstein chose to quote a line from Johann Nepomuk Nestroy's play Der Schutzling (The Protege'): "Anyway, the thing about progress is that it always seems greater than it really is." (1) The structure...
The Monist Vol. 89, No. 4, October 2006
Genetics Engineering, Moral Autonomy, and Equal Treatment, STEPHANE COURTOIS Autonomy, Full Information, and Genetic Ignorance in Reproductive Medicine, THOMAS MAY and RYAN SPELLECY Choosing Disability: 'Screening In' and the Welfare of the Child,...
The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 56, No. 224, July 2006
Intentionalism and the Imaginability of the Inverted Spectrum, ERIC MARCUS Various thought-experiments have been offered as independent support for the possibility of intentionalism-defeating spectrum inversion, but they do not succeed. The author...