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. 63, No. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Winter 2009, Vol. 83, No. 1
Is Creation Really Good? Bonaventure's Position, ILIA DELIO, O.S.F The relationship between being and goodness is one of the most engaging philosophical questions, particularly in light of the new science, which points to the interconnectedness...
American Philosophical Quarterly: July 2009, Vol. 46, No. 3
A New Interpretation of the Indispensability Argument, SEAHWA KIM The Quine-Putnam indispensability argument runs as follows: (i) We have reason to believe in F's if F's are indispensable to our best available science. (ii) Mathematical entities...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: September 2009, Vol. 87, No. 3
Contextual Definition and Ontological Commitment, DIRK GREIMANN In almost all of his writings on ontology, Quine celebrated the discovery of contextual definition as a milestone of the history of philosophy. The philosophical appeal of this tool...
Doctoral Dissertations: Survey of Graduate Programs 2009-2010
University of Alberta (46) (42) (17) SHAMEEN ISLAM, "Stuff, Universals, and Things: Some Themes from Metaphysics." Adviser: Adam Morton. University of Arizona (48) (48) (23) MARCUS ARVAN, "A Non-Ideal Theory of Justice." Adviser: Thomas Christiano....
Errol E. Harris (1908-2009)
Errol Harris passed away peacefully on June 21, having been hospitalized for only one day, near his home at High Wray in the Lake District of England. Lucid to the end, he was able to continue his extraordinary career of philosophical work up until...
Faculty Updates
FACULTY UPDATES VISITING PROFESSORS FROM ABROAD LYDIA FLALOVA Boston University University of Edinburgh Fall 2008-Summer 2010 GUIDO PINCIONE Bowling Green State University Universidad Torcuato...
Hegel's Logic of Actuality
IT HAS BECOME COMMON in discussions of post-Kantian idealism to put forth the thesis that Hegel completes Kant, that Hegel completes the Kantian critical project by transforming transcendental idealism into absolute idealism. (1) Such readings generally...
International Philosophical Quarterly: June 2009, Vol. 49, No. 2
Descartes, Madness and Method: A Reply to Ablondi, DAVID SCOTT This paper replies to Fred Ablondi's discussion of Descartes's treatment of madness in the Meditations. Against Ablondi's interpretation that Descartes never seriously takes on board...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: October 2009, Vol. 47, No. 4
Old Pragmatisms, New Histories, DOUGLAS ANDERSON This review essay examines writings from the last decade dealing with the work of the original American pragmatists: Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. Because the current literature is...
Mind: April 2009, Vol. 118, No. 470
Knowledge and Presuppositions, MICHAEL BLOME-TILLMANN The paper explicates a new way to model the context-sensitivity of "knows," namely, a way that suggests a close connection between the content of "knows" in a context C and what is pragmatically...
Monist: April 2009, Vol. 92, No.2
The Legacy of the Enlightenment and the Exemplarity of the EU Model, SEBASTIANO MAFFETTONE Rally Round the European Flag? YVES HERSANT The various symbols that the European Union has given itself in order to make the European idea tangible are...
Monist: January 2009, Vol. 92, No. 1
Introduction: The Nature of Singularist Theories of Causation, MICHAEL MOORE Absences, Possible Causation, and the Problem of Non-Locality, PHIL DOWE This article argues that so-called "absence causation" must be treated in terms of counterfactuals...
Monist: July 2009, Vol. 92, No.3
Defining Engineering from Chicago to Shantou, MICHAEL DAVIS The Philosophical Inadequacy of Engineering, CARL MITCHAM Engineering is a philosophically inadequate profession insofar as its definition promises something it cannot deliver. Engineering...
Monist: October 2009, Vol. 92, No. 4
Forgiveness: An Introduction, LEO ZAIBERT Blame Versus Forgiveness, JOHN KEKES Anger, Faith, and Forgiveness, ANDREA C. WESTLUND Recent philosophical literature on forgiveness has, with a few exceptions, converged on the view that to forgive...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: July 2009, Vol. 79, No. 1
What's Metaphysical About Metaphysical Necessity? ROSS P. CAMERON This paper begins by contrasting three approaches one can take to the distinction between the essential and accidental properties: an ontological, a deflationary, and a mind-dependent...
Philosophy and the Logic of Modernity: Hegel's Dissatisfied Spirit
HUMANITY'S FALL IS A CENTRAL THEME in Hegel's thought. In his case the Fall is inflicted by human cognition and thinking. It is not sinfulness per se that announces humanity's distinctiveness but the knowledge of good and evil. (1) This reflective...
Philosophy: July 2009, Vol. 84, No. 3
How big? How fast? Transcendental Reflections on Space, Time and World Models, TRULS WYLLER Of what does the size of spatially and temporally extended phenomena consist? The particular, nonconceptual magnitude of a spatial thing is a determinate,...
Ratio: June 2009, Vol. 22, No. 2
The Human World, JOHN KEKES We do not have to choose between belief in a divinely ordained cosmic moral order and the arbitrariness of our moral commitments. The alternative is a secular view that accepts that there is a natural cosmic order, denies...
Ratio: September 2009, Vol. 22, No. 3
Immortality without Boredom, LISA BORTOLOTTI and YUJIN NAGASAWA This paper addresses Bernard Williams's argument for the undesirability of immortality. Williams argues that unavoidable and pervasive boredom would characterize the immortal life of...
Substantial Simplicity in Leibniz: Form, Predication, & Truthmakers
I ACCORDING TO LEIBNIZ, (1) there are constraints on what counts as a genuine individual substance. (2) Four such constraints are derivative from the Aristotelian and scholastic traditions: substances are (1) independent; (3) (2) essentially active;...
The Aristotelian Commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas
THE COMMENTARIES OF ST. THOMAS on a dozen major works of Aristotle invite us to study from close quarters Aquinas' position with regard to Aristotle's philosophy. These commentaries occupy more than 5000 pages in small print, the fruit of immense labor...
The Philosophical Quarterly: May 2009, Vol. 59, No. 236
Perception and the Reach of Phenomenal Content, TIM BAYNE The phenomenal character of perceptual experience involves the representation of color, shape, and motion. Does it also involve the representation of high-level categories? Is the recognition...
The Philosophical Review: July 2009, Vol. 118, No. 3
Perceptual Objectivity, TYLER BURGE A central preoccupation of philosophy in the twentieth century was to determine constitutive conditions under which accurate (objective) empirical representation of the macrophysical environment was possible....
The Role of Teleology in the Moral Species
IT IS DIFFICULT TO AVOID THE CONCLUSION that teleology plays a central role in Aquinas' ethics. Even the new natural law theorists, such as Finnis and Grisez, who have eschewed teleology within ethics, opting instead for a kind of practical intuition...