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. 56, No. 1, September

Doctoral Dissertations 2001-2002 *
University of Alberta (30) (20) (14) MURAT BAC, "Alethic Actualism: A Quasi-Realist Theory of Truth and Knowledge." Adviser: Bruce A. Hunter. WILLIAM (GUILLERMO) I. BARRON, "Rationality, Evolution, and Symbolic Utility." Advisers: Wesley E....
Epochal Time and the Continuity of Experience *
I SHOULD LIKE TO EXAMINE THE PLAUSIBILITY AND CONSEQUENCES of a particular view of the nature of metaphysics, especially in its relation to immediate human experience which it is designed to illuminate. In order to make the consideration concrete...
"Fabricating a World in Accordance with Mere Fantasy ..."? the Origins of Kant's Critical Theory of Matter
IMMANUEL KANT GRADUATED IN 1755 from the University of Konigsberg on the basis of the dissertation On Fire (dissertatio pro gradu) and with the essay A New Exposition of the First Principles of Metaphysics (dissertatio pro receptione) written specifically...
If Everything Can Not-Be There Would Be Nothing: Another Look at the Third Way
IN A DISCUSSION OF ARGUMENTS concerning the existence of God, James Ross comments that we know that the premises of such arguments "are infinitely analysable, that they can be subject to an illimitable series of questions and that every question...
In Memoriam
PAUL WEISS (1901-2002) Those of us who studied philosophy at Yale in the late forties, fifties, and early sixties were rarely privileged. Paul Weiss was the salt that gave that great department its savor. Hendel and Greene were patricians: sound,...
Mind: Vol. 111, No. 443, July 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Why Knowledge is Unnecessary for Understanding Language, DEAN PETTIT It is a natural thought that understanding language consists in possessing knowledge--to understand a word is to know what it means. It is also natural to suppose that this...
Nature, Life, and Teleology
ONE OBSERVATION FORCES ITSELF UPON US AT THE OUTSET. It is just as hard to think about the problem of life today as it was a hundred or a thousand years ago. If we observe the state of the sciences, we are led to the conviction that an important...
Paul Weiss: Addressing Persistent Root Questions until the Very End. (Documentation)
TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO PHILOSOPHER PAUL WEISS'S 101ST BIRTHDAY, and almost exactly two months before he died, I interviewed him about his life and work on May 3d and 4th, 2002. It was not my initial intention to do an interview. I had wanted him to...
Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 209, October 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Reid and Epistemic Naturalism, PATRICK RYSIEW Central to the contemporary dispute over "naturalizing epistemology" is the question of the continuity of epistemology with science, that is, how far purely descriptive, psychological matters can...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 65, No. 1, July 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Free Will and Scientiphicalism, PETER UNGER It has been agreed for decades that not only does determinism pose a big problem for our choosing from available alternatives, but its denial seems to pose a bit of a problem, too. It is argued here...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 65, No. 2, September 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Deeply Contingent A Priori Knowledge, JOHN HAWTHORNE Eudaimonia, External Results, and Choosing Virtuous Actions for Themselves, JENNIFER WHITING Aristotle's requirement that virtuous actions be chosen for themselves is typically interpreted,...
Principia Philosophiae: On the Nature of Philosophical Principles
I FOR PLATO, PRINCIPLES WERE THE ROOT-SOURCE (archai) of being or of knowledge. (1) For Aristotle, they were the "first cause" of being, of becoming, or of being known (hothen he estin he gignetai he gignosketai). (2) Much the same conception...
Ratio: Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Temporal Passage and Kant's Second Analogy, ADRIAN BARDON In this essay the author addresses the question of the reality of temporal passage through a discussion of some of the implications of Kant's reasoning concerning the necessary conditions...
Ratio: Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2002. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Admirable Immorality, Dirty Hands, Care Ethics, Justice Ethics, and Child Sacrifice, HOWARD J. CURZER Using five different child-sacrifice cases, the author argues that the relationship between the ethics of care and the ethics of justice is ...
Visiting Professors from Abroad, 2002-2003
Tersur Aben University of Notre Dame Theological College of Fall 2002-Spring 2003 Northern Nigeria Maroun Aouad University of California at Irvine University of Paris (CNRS) Fall 2002 ...