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. 61, No. 3, March

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 81, No. 3, Summer 2007
Phronesis Transformed: From Aristotle to Heidegger to Ricoeur, THOMAS P. HOHLER The article begins with Aristotle's discussion of phronesis for ethical life, only to discover the absence of a universal dimension. This issue of parochialism as opposed...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 85, No. 4, December 2007
Desire and Self-knowledge, JORDI FERNANDEZ In this paper, Jordi Fernandez proposes an account of self-knowledge for desires. According to this account, we form beliefs about our own desires on the basis of our grounds for those desires. First, Fernandez...
Dimensions of Absolute Knowing
The phenomenologically necessary concept of receptivity is in no way exclusively opposed to that of the activity of the ego, under which all acts proceeding in a specific way from the ego-pole are to be included. On the contrary, receptivity must be...
Hegel on Desire's Knowledge
I HEGEL'S PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT IS FOUNDED on the methodological commitment to treat experience itself as the final court of appeal for all questions concerning the ultimate nature of knowledge and of reality. (1) In the Phenomenology, Hegel suspends...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 47, No. 3, September 2007
On Burying the Dead: Funerary Rites and the Dialectic of Freedom and Nature in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, DAVID CIAVATTA Hegel's specific interpretation of burial rituals in the Phenomenology is an important part of his general understanding...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 47, No. 4, December 2007
Ethical Experience and the Motives for Practical Rationality: A Kantian/Levinasian Criticism of McDowell's Ethics, MICHAEL D. BARBER John McDowell's ethical writings interpret ethical experience as intentional, socially-conditioned, virtuous responsiveness...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 46, No. 2, April 2008
No Man Is an Island: Nature and Neo-Platonic Ethics in Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, TANELI KUKKONEN Ibn Tufayl's story of the solitary philosopher Hayy who, aided only by the power of his natural reason, comes to his own on an uninhabited equatorial island,...
Mind: Vol. 116, No. 464, November 2007
Syntax, More or Less, JOHN COLLINS Much of the best contemporary work in the philosophy of language and content makes appeal to the theories developed in generative syntax. In particular, there is a presumption that--at some level and in some way--the...
Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 58, No. 230, January 2008
Turtles All The Way Down: Regress, Priority and Fundamentality, ROSS P. CAMERON Cameron addresses an intuition commonly endorsed by metaphysicians, that there must be a fundamental layer of reality, that is, that chains of ontological dependence...
Philosophy: Vol. 82, No. 4, October 2007
God, Physicalism, and the Totality of Facts, ANDREA CHRISTOFIDOU The paper offers a general critique of physicalism and of one variety of nonphysicalism, arguing that such theses are untenable. By distinguishing between the absolute conception of...
Some Reflections on Aristotle and Elitism
IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT ARISTOTLE, since he locates human happiness preeminently in the exercise of speculative intellect,--and not when it is in quest of truth about the divine, but when it can exercise that activity on truths already known in contemplation,--effectively...
The Conversation That Never Happened (Gadamer/Derrida)
"IT WAS AN 'IMPROBABLE' ENCOUNTER, but improbable though it was, it took place." (1) This is how Diane Michelfelder and Richard Palmer initially described "The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter." Let me remind you of what happened (or did not happen). In April...
The Fate of Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Islam and Western Christianity
THE ENDURING IMPACT of ancient Greek science and natural philosophy on the civilizations of Islam and Latin Christianity is one of the great success stories in the history of the world. The successful transmission of Greek science into Arabic and then...
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