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. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 82, No. 1, Winter 2008
Drawing on diverse first-person documents, philosophical writings, and historical scholarship, this bio-historical introduction to Edith Stein examines her crucial life choices and philosophical creativity within the framework of her formative personal...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 82, No. 2, Spring 2008
When Did the Modern Subject Emerge? ALAIN DE LIBERA This article offers a tentative deconstruction of Heidegger's account of the "modern," that is, the "Cartesian," "subject." It argues that subjectivity, understood as the idea of some "thing" that...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 45, No. 2, April 2008
The Road to Kazanistan, LENN GOODMAN The article examines the theories of John Rawls on political philosophy, which are premised on the social contract theory and on the art of democratic statesmanship. It criticizes his theories such as the redistribution...
Armand A. Maurer, C.S.B. (1915-2008)
On March 22, 2008, Holy Saturday in the Christian calendar, Fr. Armand Maurer, C.S.B. passed away in Toronto at a hospital close to the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies where he had spent nearly the entirety of his illustrious academic career....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 86, No. 2, June 2008
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and Material Exclusion, FRANCESCO BERTO Philosophical dialetheism, whose main exponent is Graham Priest, claims that some contradictions hold and are true, and that it is rational to accept and assert them. Such...
Doctoral Dissertations 2007-2008
University at Albany (49) (49) (11) JULIETTE STEVENS, "Mental Causation: A Nonreductivist Perspective." Adviser: Ron McClamrock. JOHN STYLES, "Empirically Grounded Metaphors in Science." Adviser: P. D. Magnus. University of Alberta (45)...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 48, No. 2, June 2008
The Overlooked Work of Art in "The Origin of the Work of Art," K. GOVER This essay calls attention to the fact that there is a work of art in Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art," and yet almost no one talks about it: the C. F. Meyer poem...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 46, No. 4, October 2008
Desgabets as a Cartesian Empiricist, MONTE COOK A long tradition regards Robert Desgabets as a Cartesian empiricist. He says things that sound strikingly like Locke, and he argues against antiempiricist reasoning in Descartes, Malebranche, and Arnauld....
Mind: Vol. 117, No. 466, April 2008
Goodness and Reasons: Accentuating the Negative, ROGER CRISP This paper concerns the relation between goodness, or value, and practical reasons, and in particular the so-called buck-passing account (BPA) of that relation recently offered by T. M....
Moral Sense and Natural Reason
EVER SINCE THE 1950s, studies on the moral philosophy of Francis Hutcheson have increased. In addition to some previous classical historical or philosophical works, (1) an interesting discussion on the Hutchesonian moral epistemology has taken place...
Parts, Wholes, and Presence by Power: A Response to Gordon P. Barnes
PRESENCE BY POWER, often known as virtual presence, is one of the less known aspects of Aquinas's natural philosophy, but at the same time it is an essential part of his understanding of natural things as composed of form and matter. Any attempt to...
Philosophy: Vol. 83, No. 3, July 2008
Sigmund Descartes? ANDRE GOMBAY For all his insistence that the mind has no parts, Descartes often describes inner mental conflicts, sometimes his own: ambivalence and fixation to childhood prejudice are for him fixtures of human life. The article...
Phronesis: Vol. 53, No. 3, November 2008
Aristotle's "So-Called Elements," TIMOTHY J. CROWLEY Aristotle's use of the phrase [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is usually taken as evidence that he does not really think that the things to which this phrase refers, namely, fire, air, water,...
Potentiality, Possibility, and the Irreversibility of Death
I ONE OF THE MAIN TENETS held to be essential to the definition of death is that it is irreversible. Understanding death as irreversible allows one to say that using resuscitative measures to revive a person whose life functions have temporarily...
Ratio: Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2008
Recombination and Intrinsicality, ROSS P. CAMERON In this paper the author argues that warrant for Lewis's principle of recombination presupposes warrant for a combinatorial analysis of intrinsicality, which in turn presupposes warrant for the principle...
Ratio: Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2008
Ratiocination: An Empirical Account, FRED SOMMERS Modern thinkers regard logic as a purely formal discipline like number theory, and not to be confused with any empirical discipline such as cognitive psychology, which may seek to characterize how...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
ADAMSON, PETER. Classical Arabic Philosophy: Sources and Reception. London: The Warburg Institute, 2007. 212 pp. n.p. AGAMBEN, GIORGIO. Profanations. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007. 99 pp. Cloth, $25.95. ALBAUGH, STEPHEN LYMAN. The Image. Des Moines:...
The Generosity of the Good
THIS IS NEITHER AN ELEGY NOR A EULOGY. Every time metaphysics has been declared dead, it arises phoenixlike from its own ashes. Something very much like that is now occurring in American philosophy. The signs of its resurgence are evident in the papers...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 58, No. 232, July 2008
Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism, BERIT BROGAARD Moral relativism provides a compelling explanation of linguistic data involving ordinary moral expressions like "right" and "wrong." But it is a very radical view. Because relativism relativizes...
The Plurality of Forms: Now and Then
HOW MANY ESSENCES does a natural kind have, one or many? In this paper I address an argument of Hilary Putnam to the effect that the plurality of modern sciences shows us that any natural kind has a plurality of essences. Putnam argues for this claim...