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. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 77, No. 1, Winter 2003
Contingency and Divine Knowledge in Ockham, MICHAEL J. CHOLBI Ockham appeared to maintain that God necessarily knows all true propositions, including future contingent propositions, despite the fact that such propositions have determinate truth...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 77, No. 2, Spring 2003
Istoriar la figura: Syncretism of Theories as a Model of Philosophy in Frances Yates and Giordano Bruno, PAUL RICHARD BLUM Syncretism is a challenge to modern philosophy, but it was the main characteristic of Giordano Bruno's thought. This has been...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2003
The Sorites Paradox and the Ordinary Use of "Vague Predicates," SEAN FORAN Flickers of Freedom, Obligation, and Responsibility, ISTIGYAGUE HAJI The author first deflects a recent objection of Dan Speak's against the view that Frankfurt-type examples...
Aquinas on Concord: "Concord Is a Union of Wills, Not of Opinions"
IN AT LEAST SIX PLACES AQUINAS WRITES: "Concord is a union of wills, not of opinions." (1) This dictum is problematic because one would think that without some union of opinions, union of wills can not obtain. This article seeks to clarify the meaning...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 81, No. 2, June 2003
A Case for Extrinsic Dispositions, JENNIFER McKITRICK Many philosophers think that dispositions are necessarily intrinsic; however, there are no good positive arguments for this view. Furthermore, many properties (such as weight, visibility, and...
Doctoral Dissertions 2002-2003 *
University of Arizona (35) (35) (18) JENNIFER BAKER, "To Make Us Good: Ancient Eudalmonist Theories and Their Practical Effort." Adviser: Julia Annas. DANIEL FARNHAM, "Eudaimonism: A Rationalist Theory of the Good." Adviser: Tom Christiano....
Does Aristotle Have a Consistent Account of Vice?
HOW ARE WE TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VICE (1) in Aristotle's ethics? (2) As many commentators have noted, it is by no means obvious that Aristotle's scattered remarks about vice really add up to a coherent account. In several places Aristotle...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 11, No. 1, April 2003
Democracy and Collective Identity: in Defence of Constitutional Patriotism, CIARAN CRONIN Jurgen Habermas's defense of "constitutional patriotism"--the view that loyalty to the principles and institutions of constitutional democracy can ground a...
Gadamer on Context-Dependence
I THIS PAPER DEALS WITH HANS-GEORG GADAMER'S THEORY of the manner in which cognition depends on the cultural and historical context in which it occurs. (1) In section 2 the historical background of this theory is briefly described. In section 3...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 43, No. 3, September 2003
Kant's Explication and Carnap's Explication: the Redde Rationem, GIOVANNI BONIOLO In this paper the author compares the concept of explication a la Carnap and the concept of explication a la Kant. This essay should primarily be seen as a comparison...
Kant on Moral Education, or "Enlightenment" and the Liberal Arts
"THE ONLY THING NECESSARY IS NOT THEORETICAL LEARNING, but the Bildung of human beings, both in regard to their talents and their character." Kant's epigrammatic observation in his 1778 letter to Christian Wolke, director of the Philanthropin, (1)...
Mind: Vol. 112, No. 447, July 2003
Shemata Meet Syntactic Structures, JOHN COLLINS Paul Horwich (1998), following a number of others, proposes a schematic compositional format for the specification of the meanings of complex expressions. The format is schematic in the sense that...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 66, No. 1, January 2003
Contextualism and the Problem of the External World, RAM NETA A skeptic claims that he does not have knowledge of the external world. It has been thought that the skeptic reaches this conclusion because he employs unusually stringent standards for...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 66, No. 2, March 2003
De-moralizing Disgustingness, CHRISTOPHER KNAPP Understanding disgustingness is philosophically important partly because claims about disgustingness play a prominent role in moral discourse and practice. It is also important because disgustingness...
Philosophy: Vol. 78, No. 1, January 2003
Pains and Places, JOHN HYMAN The author argues that itches, tickles, aches, and pain--sensations of all sorts--are generally in the places where we say they are. So, for example, if a person says that he has an itch in the big toe on his left foot,...
Philosophy: Vol. 78, No. 2, March 2003
Friedrich Waismann: a Vision of Philosophy, GORDON BAKER Waismann's Wittgenstein-influenced "How I see Philosophy" presents a radical vision of philosophy. But its two most general themes its stress on freedom and vision, and its emphasis on describing...
Phronesis: Vol. 48, No. 2, April 2003
Degrees of Separation in the Phaedo, MICHAEL PAKALUK It can be shown that, if we assume substance dualism, or the real distinctness of the soul from the body, then the standard objections to the Cyclical Argument in the Phaedo fail. So charity would...
The Monist: Vol. 86, No. 3, July 2003
Moral Distance: Introduction, DEEN K. CHATTERJEE This issue of The Monist is devoted to the question of how we should gauge the moral significance of distance. One important issue debated among ethicists is the relevance of distance in determining...
The Waning of the Light: The Eclipse of Philosophy
I THERE WAS A TIME, EONS AGO, when philosophy as the love of wisdom could lay claim to all knowledge. Aristotle's corpus of writings covered all the main areas of inquiry then known, including an original organon on syllogistic logic and scientific...
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