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. 61, No. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 81, No. 2, Spring 2007
Abelard on Mental Language, PETER KING Peter King argues that Abelard was the author of the first theory of mental language in the Middle Ages, devising a "language of thought" to provide the semantics for ordinary languages, based on the idea that...
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Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 85, No. 2, June 2007
From Nihilism to Monism, JONATHAN SCHAFFER Mereological nihilism is the view that all concrete objects are simple. Existence monism is the view that the only concrete object is one big simple: the world. Here, Jonathan Schaffer will argue that nihilism...
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Australasian Journal of Philsophy: Vol. 85, No. 3, September 2007
Magical Agents, Global Induction, and the Internalism/Externalism Debate, ISHTIYAQUE HAJI and STEFAAN E. CUYPERS Externalism is the view that facts about one's history or past in the external world that bear on the acquisition of one's responsibility-grounding...
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Deconstructing Dasein: Heidegger's Earliest Interpretations of Aristotle's De Anima
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is no psychology in the modern sense, but rather deals with the being of the human being (or of living beings in general) in the world.--Heidegger, Introduction to Phenomenological Research (1) Of all beings that...
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European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 15, No. 2, August 2007
What are the Categories in Sein und Zeit? Brandom on Heidegger on Zuhandenheit, CARLETON B. CHRISTENSEN Robert Brandom maintains that for Heidegger to be ready-to-hand is to be correctly used to do such and such, a normative property fixed by the...
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European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 15, No. 3, November 2007
'Sorge or Selbstbewusstsein? Heidegger and Korsgaard on the Sources of Normativity.' STEVEN CROWELL Heidegger and Korsgaard can both be considered 'existential Kantians,' but where Korsgaard holds that our ontological distinctiveness lies in self-consciousness,...
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Heidegger's Hidden Path: From Philosophy to Politics
MARTIN HEIDEGGER IS WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the twentieth century, while remaining one of the most controversial. His thinking has contributed to such diverse fields as phenomenology, existentialism,...
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Hyacinth Gerdil's Anti-Emile: A Prophetic Moment in the Philosophy of Education
The past is never dead. It's not even past. --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (1951) TO SAY THAT THE PUBLICATION IN 1762 of Rousseau's Emile or On Education was controversial would be an understatement. Published in Paris, it was immediately...
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Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2008
Plato's Undividable Line: Contradiction and Method in Republic VI, RICHARD FOLEY Plato's instructions entail that the line of Republic VI is divided so that the middle two segments are of equal length. In this paper, however, Richard Foley argues...
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Philosophy as Science: "Function" and "Energy" in Cassirer's "Complex System" of Symbolic Forms
Leibniz geht von dem Funktionsbegriff der neuen Mathematik aus, den er als Erster in seiner vollen Allgemeinheit fasst und den er schon in der ersten Konzeption von aller Einschrankung auf das Gebiet der Zahl und der Grosse befreit. Mit diese neuen...
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Philosophy: Vol 82, No. 3, July 2007
Knowledge, Belief, and Faith, ANTHONY KENNY Is belief in God reasonable? Richard Dawkins is right to say that traditional arguments for the existence of God are flawed; but so is his own disproof of the existence of God, and there are gaps in neo-Darwinian...
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Phronesis: Vol. 52, No. 4, October 2007
Plato's Rejection of Thoughtless and Pleasureless Lives, MATTHEW EVANS In the Philebus Plato argues that every rational human being, given the choice, will prefer a life that is moderately thoughtful and moderately pleasant to a life that is utterly...
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Ratio: Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2007
An Argument for Agent-Neutral Value, DAVID ALM This paper argues (a) that to any agent-relative value maker there will correspond an agent-neutral value maker, and the latter explains the former; and (b) that to each agent-relative constitutive...
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The Importance and Relevance of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature
I INTRODUCTION. There can be no doubt that interest in Hegel among Anglo-American philosophers is greater now than it has been at any point in the past 100 years. This interest has happily taken the form of increased attention to his major published...
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The Monist: Vol. 91, No. 1, January 2008
The Virtuous Spy: Privacy as an Ethical Limit, ANITA A. ALLEN Is there any reason not to spy on other people as necessary to get the facts straight, especially if you can put the facts you uncover to good use? To "spy" is secretly to monitor or...
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The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 57, Issue 229, October 2007
The Regress of Pure Powers? ALEXANDER BIRD Dispositional monism is the view that natural properties and relations are 'pure powers.' It is often objected that dispositional monism involves some kind of vicious or otherwise unpalatable regress or...
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