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.

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American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 44, No. 2, April 2007
Recent Work on Epistemic Value, DUNCAN PRITCHARD Recent discussion in epistemology has seen a huge growth in interest in the topic of epistemic value. In this paper I describe the background to this new movement in epistemology and critically survey...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 84, No. 4, December 2006
I argue that, despite van Inwagen's pessimism about the task, it is worth looking for answers to his General Composition Question. Such answers or "principles of composition" tell us about the relationship between an object and its parts. I compare...
Facts vs. Things: Adam Wodeham and the Later Medieval Debate about Objects of Judgment
DRAWING ON ARISTOTLE'S DISCUSSION in the Categories, medieval philosophers generally take for granted that reality is fundamentally constituted by entities of two basic kinds: substances (such as stones, trees, human beings) and their accidents (such...
Is Aristotelian Science Possible? A Commentary on MacIntyre and McMullin
IN THEIR AQUINAS LECTURES, given at Marquette University in 1990 and 1992 respectively, Alasdair MacIntyre and Ernan McMullin offer a defense and a critique of Aristotle's theory of science in the Posterior Analytics. (1) McMullin's interpretation,...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 45, No. April 2007
Evil in Later Medieval Philosophy, BONNIE KENT This essay presents a critical review of recent literature on evil in medieval philosophy, as understood by thinkers from Anselm of Canterbury onward. "Evil" is taken to include not only serious, deliberate...
Philosophy and Jihad: Al-Farabi on Compulsion to Happiness
ABU NASR MUHAMMAD AL-FARABI (870-950 A.D.), arguably the most important political philosopher in medieval Islam, discusses at some length in his writings the value of offensive war for the purpose of bringing the conquered to virtue, and thus to happiness,...
Phronesis: Vol. 51, No. 4, December 2006
Potentiality and the Matter of Composite Substances, JONATHAN BEERE The paper examines the connection between Aristotle's theory of generated substance and his notion of potentiality in Metaphysics [THETA].7. Aristotle insists that the matter of...
Scientific Demonstration in Aristotle, Theoria, and Reductionism
THE IDEA THAT SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY IS CONCERNED with the attainment of theoria or intellectual perception of substantial natures is articulated by Aristotle in, for instance, Parts of Animals: "Even these, by disclosing to intellectual perception...
The Actual Infinite as a Day or the Games
THE TRANSITION FROM ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL philosophical theology is not a simple matter of substituting monotheism for pantheism, of replacing a divine that admits of multiple manifestations with a God who is one person (who is someone). Rather, it entails...
The Relation between Logic and Ontology in the Metaphysics
THE QUESTION CONCERNING THE RELATION between logic and ontology in Aristotle's thought has recently attracted renewed attention, as several scholars have found reason to reconsider the argumentative structure of the seventh book of the Metaphysics....