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. 64, No. 2, December

Kant's (Seamless) Refutation of Idealism
I AMIDST THE COMPLEXITIES of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (CPR), it is perhaps the Refutation of Idealism (1) that has attracted the most sustained and still-unsettled critical commentary. (2) A number of scholars locate a gap in the principal...
Negation and Being
NEGATION IS SOMETHING THAT WE DO. It is typically a judgment that we make, a judgment that something is not the case, and it usually--albeit by no means exclusively--takes the form of a statement. We make negative existential judgments ("There is no...
Negation and Truth
THE PLACE OF NEGATION IN TRUTH has been acknowledged yet misunderstood ever since Aristotle remarked that truth involves stating the being of what is and the nonbeing of what is not, whereas falsity involves affirming the being of what is not and the...
On the Amphibolous Character of Existence: Matter and Its Negation in the Thought of George Santayana
ALTHOUGH SANTAYANA sometimes presents his work as a contemporary restatement of Aristotle, he remains a thoroughgoing materialist. Aristotle will admit of a science of things that exist apart from matter, call it divine science or theology if you will....
On Translating the Republic
IN THE FALL OF 2006, an advance copy of Joe Sachs's translation of Plato's Republic (1) appeared unexpectedly in my mailbox. Copies were given to all those who were leading freshman seminars that year on the Annapolis campus of St. John's College....
Poetry Is More Philosophical Than History: Aristotle on Mimesis and Form
IN CHAPTER 9 OF THE POETICS, Aristotle famously writes that poetry "is more philosophical and more serious than history: in fact poetry speaks (legei) more of universals, whereas history of particulars." (1) As many recent commentators have noticed,...