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. 65, No. 4, June

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Spring 2012, Vol. 86, No. 1
Holy Fear, REBECCA KONYNDYK This essay contends that there is something called holy fear, which expresses love for God. First, it distinguishes holy fear from certain types of unholy fear and from the type of fear regulated by the virtue of courage....
American Philosophical Quarterly: April 2012, Vol. 49, No. 2
Reflection, Disagreement, and Context, EDWARD S. HINCHMAN How far, if for any length at all, do our intrapersonal and our interpersonal epistemic obligations run in parallel? How are we epistemically obligated to weigh diverging opinions--a change...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: June 2012, Vol. 90, No. 2
Reasons and Causes: The Philosophical Battle and the MetaPhilosophical War, GIUSEPPINA D'ORO "Are the reasons for acting also the causes of action?" When this question was asked in the early 1960s it received by and large a negative reply: "No,...
Contemplative Friendship in Nicomachean Ethics
I ROUGHLY THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO John Cooper published two articles on Aristotle's account of friendship, remarking in one of them that Aristotle's treatment of this subject in Nicomachean Ethics had not much engaged the attention of scholars. (1)...
European Journal of Philosophy: March 2012, Vol. 20, No. 1
Identity, Individuation and Substance, DAVID WIGGINS The paper takes off from the problem of finding a proper content for the relation of identity as it holds or fails to hold among ordinary things or substances. The necessary conditions of identity...
International Philosophical Quarterly: 2012, Vol. 52, No. 1
On the Non-Bracketing of Fairy Tale in Paradox Discourse: Kierkegaard, the Analytic Tradition, and the Importance of Inclusivity, MATTHEW T. NOWACHEK Paradox is a complex notion that has assumed a diverse range of forms within philosophy, and Soren...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: March 2012, Vol. 84, No. 2
Group Testimony? The Making of A Collective Good Informant, MIRANDA FRICKER This article discusses the significant role of a good informant, particularly in a group testimony setting. It presents the theory of Edward Craig about the distinction...
Philosophy: April 2012, Vol. 87, No. 2
When Should Philosophers Be Silent? JASON DECKER and CHARLES TALIAFERRO Are there general precepts governing when philosophers should not conduct inquiry on a given topic? When, if ever, should a philosopher just be silent? This paper looks at a...
Phronesis: 2012, Vol. 57, No. 2
The Symposium and Platonic Ethics: Plato, Vlastos, and a Misguided Debate, FRISBEE SHEFFIELD Scholarship on the Symposium is dominated by a debate on interpersonal love started by Gregory Vlastos in his article, "The Individual as an Object of Love...
Plato's and Aristotle's Answers to the Parmenides Problem
THE QUESTIONS RAISED by the great pre-Socratic philosopher Parmenides were perhaps the main challenge for Plato and Aristotle, two of the greatest post-Socratic philosophers. To summarize the challenge briefly: Parmenides denied that there was any...
Ratio: June 2012, Vol. 25, No. 2
The Triplism of Practical Reason, JOHN SKORUPSKI There can be reasons for belief, for action, and for feeling. In each case, knowledge of such reasons requires nonempirical knowledge of some truths about them: these will be truths about what there...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
ACERBI, ARIBERTO. Crisi e destino della filosofia: Studi su Cornelio Fabro. Rome: EDUSC, 2012. 465 pp. Cloth, 26.00 [euro]. ALBAUGH, STEPHEN LYMAN. Motion. Ontology, Vol. 24. Des Moines: Iowa Institute of Philosophy, 2011. 179 pp. Paper, $12.00....
The Invisibility of Philosophy in the Essays of Michel De Montaigne
IT MUST BE ADMITTED that the Essays of Michel de Montaigne do not look like philosophy: there are no first principles, no arguments, no conclusions, no evident philosophical teaching. True, there are hundreds of quotations from the ancients, but Montaigne's...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: July 2012, Vol. 50, No. 3
Enthousiasmos and Moral Monsters in Eudemian Ethics VIII.2, JULIE E. PONESSE This paper explores a much overlooked passage buried at the end of the Eudemian Ethics in which Aristotle attributes the success of those he calls "fortunate"--the eutuches--to...
The Monist: April 2012, Vol. 95, No. 2
Experimental Philosophy and the Methods of Ontology, AMIE L. THOMASSON Restrictionism and Reflection: Challenge Deflected, or Simply Redirected? JONATHAN M. WEINBERG, JOSHUA ALEXANDER, CHAD GONNERMAN, and SHANE REUTER It is increasingly popular...
The Monist: July 2012, Vol. 95, No. 3
The Disunity of Morality and Why It Matters to Philosophy, WALTER SINNOTT-ARMSTRONG AND THALIA WHEATLEY Whenever psychologists, neuroscientists, or philosophers draw conclusions about moral judgments in general from a small selected sample, they...
The Philosophical Quarterly: January 2012, Vol. 62, No. 247
Expanding The Situationist Challenge to Responsibilist Virtue Epistemology, MARK ALFANO The last few decades have witnessed the birth and growth of both virtue epistemology and the situationist challenge to virtue ethics. It seems only natural that...
The Philosophical Review: April 2012, Vol. 121, No. 2
Four Problems about Self-Locating Belief, DARREN BRADLEY This article defends the Doomsday Argument, the Halfer Position in Sleeping Beauty, the Fine-Tuning Argument, and the applicability of Bayesian confirmation theory to the Everett interpretation...
Transcending Gadamer: Towards a Participatory Hermeneutics
THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITION of Thomism is one which Hans-Georg Gadamer always decisively rejected on account of what he perceived as "the dogmatic overlay superimposed on Aristotle by ... neo-Thomism." (1) Not surprisingly, therefore, he never entered...
Why Spinoza Is Intolerant of Atheists: God and the Limits of Early Modern Liberalism
I SPINOZA IS OFTEN LAUDED as a founder of modern liberalism. Most recently, Jonathan Israel has argued that Spinoza was a central figure in what he calls the "Radical Enlightenment." In particular, he claims that Spinoza's focus on individual freedom...