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. 54, No. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 75, No. 1, Winter 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
An Account in Books 8-9 of the Republic: Devolution and/or Instability Argument? DENNIS BLACKWOOD The author presents two general, overlapping Platonic interpretations: (1) a more or less metaphysical realist view with a multilevel conception of...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 38, No. 3, July 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
A Meinongian Solution to the Problem of Empty Names, MARGA REIMER Contrariety and the Individuation of Properties, CRAWFORD L. ELDER When do different predicates pick out the same property, and when does one predicate pick out different properties?...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 38, No. 4, October 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Time-Travel Fictions and Philosophy, ALASDAIR RICHMOND No science fiction staple poses more conceptual difficulties than time-travel, but there still isn't much consensus as to whether time-travel fictions exhibit logical, metaphysical, or physical...
Aristotle's Direct Realism in De Anima
I ARISTOTLE'S THEORY OF PERCEPTION AND THOUGHT in books 2 and 3 of de Anima is usually interpreted in terms of representationalism: in perception and thought, we receive sensible or intelligible forms. These forms are representations of qualities,...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 79, No. 2, January 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Tactual Perception, MICHAEL SCOTT Friendship and Consequentialism, EARL CONEE Several arguments have been given for the conclusion that committing oneself to a consequentialist moral philosophy conflicts with engaging in genuine friendships....
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 9, No. 2, August 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Two Kinds of Purposive Action, STEPHEN BUTTERFILL It is normally assumed that there is only one kind of purposive action. This article argues that there are two kinds of purposive action, which require different models of explanation. One kind of...
From Kant to Schelling: Counter-Enlightenment in the Name of Reason
... a system in which reason fulfilled itself would have to unite all the demands of the spirit as of the heart, of the most conscientious feeling as of the strictest understanding. (1) ... reason must sooner or later be satisfied. (2) MODERN...
Homo Faber, Homo Sapiens, or Homo Politicus? Protagoras and the Myth of Prometheus
I WHEN NIETZSCHE CALLED MAN THE YET UNFINISHED ANIMAL, he echoed a phrase that had remote origins. In classical German philosophy, the idea of man as a Mangelwesen, a lacking and underdetermined being, was shared by Herder, Kant, and even Hegel...
Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 51, No. 204, July 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Strategies for a Logic of Plurals, ALEX OLIVER and TIMOTHY SMILEY English has plural terms (for example, "Oliver and Smiley," "the co-authors") as well as singular terms. But our standard formal languages, for example, the predicate calculus, feature...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 61, No. 3, May 2000. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Iceberg Epistemology, DAVID HENDERSON AND TERRENCE HORGAN Accounts of what it is for an agent to be justified in holding a belief commonly carry commitments concerning what cognitive processes can and should be like. A concern for the plausibility...
Philosophy Vol. 76, No. 295, January 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
How to Take Realism Beyond Foot-Stamping, HASOK CHANG The author proposes a reformulation of realism, as the pursuit of ontological plausibility in our systems of knowledge. This is dubbed "plausibility realism," for convenience of reference. Plausibility...
Philosophy Vol. 76, No. 296, April 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
The Virtues of Common Sense, BRIAN GRANT In this paper the author defends a version of a philosophy of common sense. The paper includes some things from Reid's account, others from Wittgenstein's. Skepticism looms large--as do the questions of arguments...
Phronesis Vol. 45, No. 4 November 2000. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Sense Organs and the Activity of Sensation in Aristotle, JOSEPH M. MAGEE Amid the ongoing debate over the proper interpretation of Aristotle's theory of sense perception in the De Anima, Steven Everson has recently presented a well-documented and...
Phronesis Vol. 46, No. 1, February 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
The New Academy's Appeals to the Presocratics, CHARLES BRITTAIN and JOHN PALMER Members of the New Academy presented their skeptical position as the culmination of a progressive development in the history of philosophy, which began when certain...
Ratio Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)
Semantic Primitivism and Normativity, JAKOB HOHWY Kripke-Wittgenstein meaning skepticism threatens the notion that there are facts in virtue of which meaning ascriptions are true or false. Some people argue that the only response is to adopt semantic...
The Morality of Peace: Kant and Hegel on the Grounds for Ethical Ideals
TWO FACETS OF HEGEL'S ETHICAL PHILOSOPHY become clear on close inspection. On the one hand, Hegel attempts to take advantage of the Kantian focus on autonomy as the ground for ethical obligation and build an account of Right in terms of free serf-determining...
The Tenseless Theory of Time: Insights and Limitations
THE TENSELESS THEORY OF TIME has enjoyed a great revival in the twentieth century. Prominent philosophers such as Russell, Ayer, Goodman, Quine, and Smart and, more recently, Mellor and Parfit, have turned their philosophical efforts and talents to...

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