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. 53, No. 4, June

AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY: Vol. 74, No. 3, Summer 2000
Thomas Reid and Common Sense, RALPH MCINERNY When Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange wrote a book on Le sens commun, he was not directly concerned with Thomas Reid, but he did indicate his knowledge of and respect for Scottish Common Sense Philosophy. However,...
AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 78, No.2, June 2000
Tooley on Causation and Probabilities, STEPHEN LEEDS O'Brien and Opie on the Unity of Consciousness, TIM BAYNE Frege's Judgement Stroke, NICHOLAS J.J. SMITH This paper brings to light a new puzzle for Frege interpretation, and offers a solution...
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 8, No. 2, August 2000
Davidson on Meaning Normativity: Public or Social, JOHN FENNELL This paper argues that contained in Davidson's philosophy of language are two incompatible positions concerning the foundation of meaning normativity: first, that meaning norms are...
From Totality Via Totalitarianism to Human Disregard
I ONE OF THE MOST COMMON AND PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATIONS for the recent dissolution of the communist empire and for the failure of Marxist ideology is expressed in the view that communism was the political system in countries which had not yet reached...
In Memoriam
G. E. M. ANSCOMBE (1919-2001) The death of Elizabeth Anscombe (on the 5th of January) within days of that of W. V. Quine saw the passing of two giants of twentieth century English-Language philosophy. United in their attachment to rigor, to a belief...
INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY: Vol. 40, No. 2, June 2000
Philosophy and the Natural Desire for God: An Historical Reflection, LOUIS DUPRE As long as philosophy was united with theology the existence of a natural desire for God was accepted by most monotheist thinkers. The rediscovery of the works of Aristotle...
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 38, No. 2, April 2000
Plato on Knowledge as a Power, NICHOLAS D. SMITH In this paper, I argue that scholars have misinterpreted Plato's epistemology in Republic 5 by confusing Plato's discussion of cognitive powers with contemporary epistemology's focus on knowledge...
MIND: Vol. 109, No. 435, July 2000
The Two-Envelope Paradox, MICHAEL CLARK and N. SCHACKELL Previous claims to have resolved the two-envelope paradox have been premature. The paradoxical argument has been exposed as manifestly fallacious if there is an upper limit to the amount of...
MONIST: Vol. 83, No. 3, July 2000
Persistence and Space-Time: Philosophical Lessons of the Pole and Barn, YURI BALASHOV Although considerations based on contemporary space-time theories, such as special and general relativity, seem highly relevant to the debate about persistence,...
Optimalism and Axiological Metaphysics
WHAT IS PERHAPS THE BIGGEST METAPHYSICAL QUESTION of them all was put on the agenda of philosophy by G. W. Leibniz: "Why is there anything at all?" This question is not only difficult to answer but poses difficulties in its very conception. After all,...
PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY: Vol. 50, No. 199, April 2000
How to Think About the Modularity of Mind-Reading, GREGORY CURRIE It has been suggested that the fixation of beliefs about people's beliefs, desires and intentions is modularized. This paper argues that this is unlikely, and that there is modularity...
PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY: Vol. 50, No. 200 July 2000
Is `Normal Grief' a Mental Disorder?, STEPHEN WILKINSON This paper argues that grief (including "normal grief") is a mental disorder. The paper discusses the main concepts involved briefly, and states the primafacie case in favour of the view that...
PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH: Vol. 41, No. 1, July 2000
The False Hopes of Traditional Epistemology, BAS C. VAN FRAASSEN After Hume, attempts to forge an empiricist epistemology have taken three forms, which the author calls the First, Middle, and Third Way. The First still attempts an a priori demonstration...
PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 75, No. 293 July, 2000
Courses of Action, or the Uncatchableness of Mental Acts, GILBERT RYLE What are the acts or processes of thinking like? In this hitherto unpublished article, Ryle suggests that attempting to catch thought is like trying to extract a jellyfish out...
RATIO: Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2000
Tennant on Knowable Truth, TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON The paper responds to Neil Tennant's recent discussion of Fitch's so-called paradox of knowability in the context of intuitionistic logic. Tennant's criticisms of the author's earlier work on this topic...
Reason and Regulation in Kant
MUCH CRITICAL ATTENTION to the Dialectic of the Critique of Pure Reason is devoted to two related concerns. The first is Kant's skeptical attack on the claims of pure reason to epistemic authority, where the focus is on the paralogisms and the antinomies...
Recent Titles in Philosophy(*)
ADAMS, DAVID M. Philosophical Problems in the Law. Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. xiii + 650 pp. n.p. ADAMS, WILLIAM Y. The Philosophical Roots of Anthropology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. xiii + 466 pp. Cloth, $54.95;...
Self-Love, Anthropology, and Universal Benevolence in Kant's Metaphysics of Morals
IN HIS CRITICAL METAPHYSICS OF MORALS, Kant insists on keeping the purely rational concepts, laws, and principles of moral philosophy strictly separate from the empirical elements of practical anthropology. This is not to say that he treats the a priori...
The Problem of the Continuant: Aquinas and Suarez on Prime Matter and Substantial Generation
SOME PROBLEMS, ARISTOTLE REMARKS, are so deep it is hard not only to find solutions, but hard even to think out the difficulties well.(1) One such is what we here term the problem of the continuant. When something is generated in the unqualified sense...
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