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. 4, June

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 41, No. 3, July 2004
On Being Simple Minded, PETER CARRUTHERS Why Not to Trust Other Philosophers, CHARLES HUENEMANN This article argues that in some cases we should not rely on the testimony of experts but instead should insist upon knowing things for ourselves....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 82, No. 1, March 2004
How Many Lives Has Schrodinger's Cat? DAVID LEWIS Counting the Holes, ROBERTO CASATI and ACHILLE C. VARZI Argle claimed that holes supervene on their material hosts, and that every truth about holes boils down to a truth about perforated things....
Figurative Synthesis and Synthetic a Priori Knowledge
KANT'S GOAL IN THE TRANSCENDENTAL DEDUCTION was to demonstrate that the categories are applicable to objects of sensible intuition. He carried out this task by disclosing the necessity of a transcendental synthesis. In the Transcendental Deduction...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 44, No. 1, March 2004
Local Motion and the Principle of Inertia: Aquinas, Newtonian Physics, and Relativity, THOMAS McLAUGHLIN The author argues that the Aristotelian definition of motion, "the act of what exists potentially insofar as it exists potentially," and the...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 42, No. 3, July 2004
Virtue as "Likeness to God" in Plate and Seneca, DANIEL C. RUSSELL Although Plato's thesis that virtue is "likeness to God" is repeated in several dialogues and is prominent among ancient Platonists, today it is often treated as too otherworldly...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Vol. 67, No. 2, September 2003
Concepts and Conceptual Analysis, STEPHEN LAURENCE and ERIC MARGOLIS Conceptual analysis is undergoing a revival in philosophy, and much of the credit goes to Frank Jackson. Jackson argues that conceptual analysis is needed as an integral component...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 67, No. 3, November 2003
Perceptual Entitlement, TYLER BURGE This paper develops a conception of epistemic warrant as applied to perceptual belief, called "entitlement," that does not require the warranted individual to be capable of understanding the warrant. The conception...
Philosophy: Vol. 79, No. 1, January 2004
Religious Tolerance--The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights, JURGEN HABERMAS Religious toleration first became legally enshrined in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Religious toleration led to the practice of more general intersubjective...
Ratio: Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2004
Loar's Defense of Physicalism, STEPHEN LAW Brian Loar believes he has refuted all those antiphysicalist arguments that take as their point of departure observations about what is or is not conceivable. The author argues that there remains an important,...
Recent Titles in Philosophy *
ABBAGNANO, NICOLA. The Human Project: The Year 2000. Atlanta: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2001. xxv + 162 pp. Paper, $28.00. ABELA, PAUL. Kant's Empirical Realism. New York: Clarendon Press, 2002. x + 303 pp. Cloth, $55.00. ACHTNER, WOLFGANG, STEFAN...
The Dissolving Force of the Concept: Hegel's Ontological Logic
I OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES many attempts have been made to defend Hegel's philosophy against those who denounce it as crypto-theological, dogmatic metaphysics. (1) This was done first of all by foregrounding Hegel's indebtedness to Kant, that is,...
The Metaphysical Roots of Aristotle's Teleology
IN GENERATION AND CORRUPTION 2.9, Aristotle sets out to give an account of "how many and what are the principles of all coming to be are like." (1) In doing so, he situates the cause "for the sake of which," [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], within...
The Monist: Vol. 87, No. 3, July 2004
Classes, Worlds, and Hypergunk, DANIEL NOLAN Hypergunk, ALLEN HAZEN Chopping Up Gunk, JOHN HAWTHORNE and BRIAN WEATHERSON Grit or Gunk: Implications of the Banach-Tarski Paradox, PETER FORREST In this paper, the author uses intuitions about...
The Problem of Aristotle's Nous Poietikos
DESPITE THE WELL-KNOWN historical significance of Aristotle's doctrine of the productive or active intellect (the nous poietikos or intellectus agens) it is not unusual to find contemporary discussions treating the doctrine as an excrescence on the...
Truth vs. Necessary Truth in Aristotle's Sciences
AT POSTERIOR ANALYTICS (APO) 1.1.71B15 AND FOLLOWING, Aristotle identifies six characteristics of the first principles from which demonstrative science (apodeiktike episteme) proceeds. These are traditionally grouped into two sets of three: group A:...

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