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. 57, No. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 77, No. 3, Summer 2003
Common Sense, Metaphysics and the Existence of God, JOHN HALDANE Being dedicated to the memory of the great Catholic philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe, who died in the month it was given, this Aquinas lecture begins with some reflections on the relationship...
American Catholic Philsosophical Quarterly Vol. 77, No. 4, Fall 2003
Problems and Prospects of a History of African Philosophy, J. OBI OGUEJIOFOR Although African philosophy has become a part of the world philosophic heritage that can no longer be neglected, no comprehensive history of it is available yet. This lacuna...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 41, No. 2, April 2004
Why is Violence Bad? VITTORIO BUFACCHI Why is violence bad? What is it about violence that makes it bad? Borrowing from the extensive literature on death, and why death is bad in particular, this article argues that there are extrinsic and intrinsic...
An Exemplary Life: The Case of Rene Descartes
I IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT Rene Descartes is the founder of modern philosophy. (1) There is far less consensus on the question of what his modernity means. The majority of Descartes's readers have focused on the cogito, the "I...
Aristotle's Agathon
THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF REASONS for wanting to know what Aristotle means by "good" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]). For students of Aristotle, understanding his conception of goodness would provide an authentic Nicomachean metaethics, so to speak,...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 81, No, 4, December 2003
No Fact of the Matter, HARTRY FIELD Are there questions for which "there is no determinate fact of the matter" as to which answer is correct? Most of us think so, but there are serious difficulties in maintaining the idea and in explaining the idea...
Darwin, Thomists, and Secondary Causality
AT FIRST SIGHT IT WOULD SEEM INCONGRUOUS, even an oxymoron, to juxtapose the names of Charles Darwin and Thomas Aquinas. Darwin was a biologist of the nineteenth century whose theory of evolution demanded the mutability of natural species. Thomas Aquinas,...
European Journal of Philosopy Vol. 12, No. 1, April 2004
The Pragmatist Enlightenment (and its Problematic Semantics), ROBERT B. BRANDOM Classical American pragmatism can be viewed as a minor, parochial philosophical movement. But it can also be viewed as announcing and pursuing a second Enlightenment....
From the Work of Art to Absolute Reason: Schelling's Journey toward Absolute Idealism
ONE OF THE MOST INTRIGUING EPISODES in Schelling's philosophical development is the transition from the System des transzendentalen Idealismus (1800) to the Darstellung meines Systems der Philosophie (1801), the starting point of the identity system....
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 43, No. 4, December 2003
The Art of Living: Pierre Hadot's Rejection of Plotinian Mysticism, DAVID BLAKELY This article examines Pierre Hadot's rejection of the "purely spiritual" and "transcendent" philosophy of Plotinus as a viable philosophy of life. Despite an initial...
Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 42, No. 1, January 2004
The Scope of Aristotle's Essentialism in the Posterior Analytics, RICHARD TIERNEY Aristotle's essentialism distinguishes between what belongs in itself and what belongs accidentally. Yet two distinct kinds of entity belong in itself: those that...
Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 42, No. 2, April 2004
Descartes's Conceptual Distinction and its Ontological Import, JUSTIN SKIRRY Descartes's conceptual distinction (or distinctio rationis) is commonly understood to be a distinction created by the mind's activity without a foundation in re. This paper...
Mind Vol. 112, No. 448, October 2003
Solving the Riddle of Coherence, LUC BOVENS and STEPHAN HARTMANN A coherent story is a story that fits together well. This notion plays a central role in the coherence theory of justification and has been proposed as a criterion for scientific theory...
Mind Vol. 113, No. 449, January 2004
Properties and Kinds of Tropes: New Linguistic Facts and Old Philosophical Insights, FRIEDERIKE MOLTMANN Terms like "wisdom" are commonly held to refer to abstract objects that are properties. On the basis of a greater range of linguistic data and...
Phronesis Vol. 48, No. 3, July 2003
Recollecting Forms in the Phaedo, PANOS DIMAS According to an interpretation that has dominated the literature, which the author refers to as the traditional interpretation, the recollection argument aims at establishing the thesis that our learning...
Phronesis Vol. 48, No. 4, August 2003
Socrates' Pursuit of Definitions, DAVID WOLFSDORF This paper examines the manner in which Socrates pursues definitions in Plato's early definitional dialogues and advances the following claims. Socrates evaluates definitions (proposed by his interlocutors...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 100, No. 11, November 2003
Pyrrhic Victories for Scientific Realism, P. KYLE STANFORD The explanationist or miracle defense of scientific realism stands challenged most powerfully by the pessimistic induction over the history of science, which points out the long historical...
The Monist Vol. 87, No. 1, January 2004
Actions versus Functions: A Plea for an Alternative Metaphysics of Artifacts, WYBO HOUKES and PIETER E. VERMAAS In most philosophical analyses of artifacts, functions are taken as the essence of artifacts. It is seldom questioned that an adequate...
The Monist Vol. 87, No. 2, April 2004
Being Conscious of Ourselves, DAVID M. ROSENTHAL The author argues that we can explain how we are conscious of ourselves by appeal to essentially indexical thoughts we have about ourselves, in particular about our own current mental states. The...
The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 214, January 2004
Introduction, FRASER MacBRIDE Frege attempted to provide arithmetic with a foundation in logic. His attempt to do so, however, was confounded by Russell's discovery of paradox at the heart of Frege's system. The papers collected in this special...
The Place of the Doctrine of Providence According to Maimonides
translated by Gabriel Bartlett and Svetozar Minkov [93] * IN THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED, Maimonides does not treat the doctrine of divine omniscience and divine providence in a strictly theological context. He arrives at this subject for the first...