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. 2, December

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2000
Emotional Reason: How to Deliberate About Value, BENNETT W. HELM Deliberation about personal values involves elements of both invention and discovery: by deliberating, we both invent our values by freely choosing them, thereby defining and taking...
Aristotle on How One Becomes What One Is
THE DE ANIMA POSES CERTAIN CHALLENGES to those readers who would like to see Aristotle self-bound to the principles of logographic necessity proposed by his teacher Plato.(1) When held as a standard, Socrates' call in the Phaedrus for a logos organized...
Aristotle's Philosophy of Soul
DEBATE CONTINUES OVER WHETHER AN "Aristotelian philosophy of mind" is still credible.(1) Recent commentators wonder whether Aristotle's view lies somewhere in the constellation of modern theories of mind, or whether he might point to an uncharted theory....
AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY Vol. 77, No. 4. December 1999
Sympathy and Subjectivity, PETER CARRUTHERS This paper shows that even if the mental states of most non-human animals lack phenomenological properties, as some higher-order accounts of mental-state consciousness imply, this need not prevent those...
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY Vol. 7, No. 3, December 1999
Aesthetic Judgements, Aesthetic Principles and Aesthetic Properties, MALCOLM BUDD Of what kind of justification are aesthetic judgements susceptible? That depends on what is understood by an aesthetic judgement. The paper considers, first, Kant's...
INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 39, No. 3, September 1999
The Ontological Status of Categories: Are They Extra-Mental Entities, Concepts, or Words? JORGE J. E. GRACIA Wittgensteinian Methodology and Religious Belief, EMYR VAUGHAN THOMAS The overall aim of this paper is to explore the metaphilosophical...
INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 39, No. 4, December, 1999
Is There a Medieval Philosophy? JAN A. AARTSEN Chary about Having to Do with "The Others": The Possibility of Community in Kierkegaard's Thought, BRIAN T. PROSSER The precise role of community in Kierkegaard's thought remains an open question....
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Vol. 37, No. 4, October 1999
Aristotle and the Appearances, PAUL NIEUWENBURG Adherents of the orthodox interpretation of Aristotle's ethical method (expounded in EN 114562-7) claim that G.E.L. Owen, in his article Tithenai ta phainomena, has definitively shown that phainomena...
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Vol. 38, No. 1, January 2000
"What Will Surprise You Most": Self-Regulating Systems and Problems of Correct Use in Plato's Republic, PATRICK MAYNARD The central thesis of this article is that Plato's account of personal justice in Republic 4 represents the psyche as strikingly...
MIND Vol. 108, No. 429, January 1999
Disquotationalism and Infinite Conjunctions, VOLKER HALBACH According to the disquotationalist theory of truth, the Tarskian equivalences, conceived as axioms, yield all there is to say about truth. Several authors have claimed that the expression...
MIND Vol. 82, No. 4, October 1999
How To Set Up a Surprise Exam, NED HALL The professor announces a surprise exam for the upcoming week; her clever student argues by reductio that she cannot possibly give such an exam. Diagnosing his puzzling argument reveals a deeper puzzle: Is...
MONIST Vol. 83, No. 1, January 2000
Parts, Quantification and Aristotelian Predication, MARIO MIGNUCCI Immanence and Individuation: Brentano and the Scholastics on Knowledge of Singulars, DEBORAH BROWN From Bolzano's Point of View, JAN BERG In the Wissenschaftslehre (1837) Bolzano...
Neoplatonic Origins of the Act of Being
IN A WELL-KNOWN ESSAY, Charles Kahn has addressed the question of "why existence does not emerge as a distinct concept in ancient Greek philosophy."(1) The assumption that gives rise to this question--namely, that the Greeks did not distinctly address...
PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 49, No. 196, July 1999
Was Wittgenstein Frege's Heir? KAREN GREEN Dummett has claimed that Wittgenstein's views, as expressed in The Blue and Brown Books and Philosophical Investigations, build on the attack on psychologism initiated by Frege. Frege's rejection of psychologism...
PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 50, No. 198, January 2000
Are Dispositions Reducible? GEORGE MOLNAR The traditional analysis of dispositions as conditionals is subject to insuperable difficulties. Recently David Lewis has offered a new, reformed analysis intended to meet objections to the old accounts...
PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH Volume 59, No. 4, December 1999
Reasons Explanations of Actions: Causal, Singular, and Situational, ABRAHAM S. ROTH Davidson held that the explanation of action in terms of reasons was a form of causal explanation. He challenged anti-causalists to identify a non-causal relation...
PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH Volume 60, No. 1, January 2000
Moral Rationalism and Moral Commitment, JAMES DOYLE Moral rationalism is identified as the view that moral constraints are rational constraints. This view seems implausible to many because it seems to involve belief in the fantastic-sounding possibility...
PHILOSOPHY Vol. 74, No. 290, October 1999
First Person Epistemology, LESLIE STEVENSON The article argues that the distinction between first-person present and other-directed contexts of justification throws new light on epistemology. It has implications for the relations between justification,...
PHILOSOPHY Vol. 75, No. 291, January 2000
Our Place in the Cosmos, JOHN LESLIE Our world seems fine tuned in life-permitting ways. If the cosmos contains many universes, only the appropriately tuned ones can be seen by living beings. An alternative is that God acted as a Fine Tuner. We...
PHRONESIS Vol. 44, No. 2, May 1999
Heraclitus on Religion, MANTAS ADOMENAS The article sets out to reinterpret Heraclitus' views on religion and, by implication, his position in the context of the Presocratic philosophers' relationship to the Greek cultural tradition. It does so...
PHRONESIS Vol. 44, No. 3, August 1999
The Theaetetus on How We Think, DAVID BARTON The author argues that Plato's purpose in the discussion of false belief in the Theaetetus is to entertain and then to reject the idea that thinking is a kind of mental grasping. The interpretation allows...
RATIO Vol. 12, No. 3, September 1999
Actions and Events: Some Semantical Considerations, MARIA ALVAREZ Since the publication of Davidson's influential article `The Logical Form of Action Sentences,' semantical considerations have been widely thought to support the doctrine that actions...
RATIO Vol. 12, No. 4, December 1999
Normative Force and Normative Freedom, PETER RAILTON Explaining Normativity: On Rationality and the Justification of Reason, JOSEPH RAZ The following theses are explained. Rationality is the ability to respond to the normative aspects of the...
Relying on Your Own Voice: An Unsettled Rivalry of Moral Ideals in Plato's Protagoras
PLATO'S Protagoras is composed of three distinct frames. The outer frame consists in Socrates' brief discussion with an unnamed companion. The remainder of the Protagoras is willingly narrated by Socrates to the companion (and unnamed others), from...
Reviewer Index
Bernstein, Jeffrey Balibar, Spinoza and Politics Boeri, Marcelo Hadot, The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Burch, Robert Critchley, Very Little ... Almost ...
The Presence of the Paradigm: Immanence and Transcendence in Plato's Theory of Forms
DISCUSSIONS OF THE ONTOLOGICAL STATUS of Plato's forms too often take for granted that immanence and transcendence are opposed to each other: if the forms are in instances then they are not separate from them, while if the forms are separate then they...
War, Class, and Justice in Plato's Republic
WE SCHOLARS WHO WRITE ABOUT THE Republic have found much to say about the education of Plato's warriors. We carefully and thoughtfully relate their virtues to those of the Republic's philosopher-kings, and even to those of Plato's Socrates. We have...

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