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. 48, No. 2, December

Aquinas on the Past Possibility of the World's Having Existed Forever
THE SCHOLARLY LITERATURE on Aquinas' De aeternitate mundi is considerable;(1) the controversy which has spawned it seems to have involved two major points of dispute. First there is the problem of dating the work; while some commentators believe it...
Does Evil Have a Cause? Augustine's Perplexity and Thomas's Answer
IN THE DISCUSSION on education in the Republic, Socrates lays down the principles which those who speak about the gods must follow if they want to avoid the errors of traditional mythology. The first typos of this rational theology is this: "God is...
Representation, Self-Representation, and the Passions in Descartes
THAT DESCARTES WAS INTERESTED from the very start of his philosophic career in developing a method for problem-solving that could be applied generally to the solution of "unknowns" is well known. Also well known is the further development of the method...
Spinoza's Democratic Turn: Chapter 16 of the 'Theologico-Political Treatise.'
AMONG STUDENTS OF SPINOZA it is generally acknowledged that chapter 16 represents a new beginning in the Theologico-Political Treatise. There is, however, considerably less agreement as to what this new beginning signifies. For some it marks a radical...
Teleology and Evil in 'Laws' 10
THE TENTH BOOK OF THE LAWS, which contains Plato's last word on cosmology and theology, has often been considered as presenting Plato's views in a more exoteric way in contrast with the more esoteric style of the Timaeus. And there are good reasons...
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