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. 66, No. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Spring 2012, Vol. 86, No. 2
Thomistic Personalism: A Vocation for the Twenty-First Century, MATTHEW SCHAEFFER In a posthumously published paper, W. Norris Clarke declares that Thomistic personalism is the most creative and fruitful development in twenty-first century Thomism....
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Summer 2012, Vol. 86, No. 3
Ontological Reduction by Logical Analysis and the Primitive Vocabulary of Mentalese, GYULA KLIMA This paper confronts a certain modern view of the relation between semantics and ontology with that of the late-medieval nominalist philosophers William...
American Philosophical Quarterly: July 2012, Vol. 49, No. 3
Recent Work in Applied Virtue Ethics, GUY AXTELL and PHILIP OLSON The use of the term "applied ethics" to denote a particular field of moral inquiry (distinct from but related to both normative ethics and metaethics) is a relatively new phenomenon....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: September 2012, Vol. 90, No. 3
What is Touch? MATTHEW RATCLIFFE This paper addresses the nature of touch or "tactual perception." It argues that touch encompasses a wide range of perceptual achievements, that treating it as a number of separate senses will not work, and that...
Doctoral Dissertations
University of Alberta (47) (47) (14) OCTAVIAN ION, "Sensitive Semantics: On the Clash between Naive Semantics and Intuitions." Adviser: Adam Morton. MICHAEL LOCKHART, "Epistemic Value Pluralism." Adviser: Adam Morton. JASON TAYLOR, "Relations...
International Philosophical Quarterly: June 2012, Vol. 52, No. 2
Xunzi and Han Fei on Human Nature, ALEJANDRO BARCENAS It is commonly accepted that Han Fei studied under Xunzi sometime during the late third century BC. However, there is surprisingly little dedicated to the in-depth study of the relationship between...
Mathematical Entities in the Divided Line
MY AIM IN THIS PAPER is to examine the nature of the entities which are the objects in the second division of the divided line in Republic 510b-511a. I shall defend the view that the objects of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (dianoia) are indeed...
Mind: October 2012, Vol. 120, No. 480
De Re A Priori Knowledge, CIAN DORR Suppose a sentence of the following form is true in a certain context: "Necessarily, whenever one believes that the F is uniquely F if anything is, and x is the F, one believes that x is uniquely F if anything...
Natural Law and the United States Constitution
ON JULY 4, 1776, the United States of America, in declaring their independence, invoked "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," proclaimed that men are "endowed by their Creator" with unalienable rights, appealed to "the Supreme Judge of the world,"...
North American Professors Abroad
NORTH AMERICAN PROFESSORS ABROAD PAUL BARTHA Australian National University University of British Columbia Summer 2012 DOMINIC LOPES Warwick University University of British Columbia Spring 2012 ...
Numerical Foundations: Arithmetic as Episteme
I MATHEMATICS HAS HAD ITS SHARE of historical shocks, beginning with the discovery by Hippasus the Pythagorean that the integers could not possibly be the elements of all things. (1) It was much the same with Kurt Godel's Incompleteness Theorems,...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: July 2012, Vol. 85, No. 1
A (Different) Virtue Epistemology, JOHN GRECO This article begins by articulating a genus-species claim: that knowledge is a kind of success from ability and applies this idea to questions about the nature and value of knowledge. The essay goes...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: May 2012, Vol. 84, No. 3
Reverse Engineering Epistemic Evaluations, SINAN DOGRAMACI Composition As Identity Doesn't Settle the Special Composition Question, ROSS P. CAMERON Orthodoxy says that the thesis that composition is identity (CAI) entails universalism: the claim...
Philosophy: July 2012, Vol. 87, No. 3
Behind the Mereological Fallacy, ROM HARRE Language based criticisms of the intelligibility of the program of neuropsychology have made use of the principle that words whose meaning is established in the context of descriptions of aspects of whole...
Phronesis: 2012, Vol. 57, No. 3
What Do the Arguments in the Protagoras Amount To? VASILIS POLITIS The main thesis of the paper is that, in the coda to the Protagoras (360e-end), Plato tells us why and with what justification he demands a definition of virtue: namely, in order...
Phronesis vs. Sophia: On Heidegger's Ambivalent Aristotelianism
THE ISSUE, THE SACHE, around which an interpretative dialogue between Aristotle and Heidegger can be carried out has been recognized and confirmed in its importance by both Heidegger himself and numerous scholars in the last decades: it is the relation...
Professors Entering Retirement
PROFESSORS ENTERING RETIREMENT STUART MARTIN May 2012 Boston College FRANCIS SOO May 2012 Boston College TERRENCE PARSONS June 2012 University of California at Los Angeles MICHAEL LEVIN...
Ratio: September 2012, Vol. 25, No. 3
Should We Fear Quantum Torment? ISTVAN ARANYOSI In terms of subjective expectations, the prospect of immortality under the no-collapse interpretation of quantum mechanics is certain, as pointed out by several authors, both physicists and, more recently,...
Seeing Is Knowing: The Metaphysical Significance of Color Phenomenology
I THERE IS A WELL-KNOWN tradition of thinkers who have argued that philosophical reflection on the lived character of everyday experience can reveal significant and sometimes surprising insights into the nature of things. Philosophers as diverse...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: October 2012, Vol. 50, No. 4
Inventing Intermediates: Mathematical Discourse and Its Objects in Republic VII, LEE FRANKLIN Plato is commonly taken to be committed to the existence of intermediates, ideal mathematical particulars distinct from Forms. Yet the main argument by...
The Philosophical Quarterly: July 2012, Vol. 62, No. 248
The Puzzle of Imaginative Failure, STUART BROCK The Puzzle of Imaginative Failure asks why, when readers are invited to do so, they so often fall short of imagining worlds where the moral facts are different. This is puzzling because we have no...
The Philosophical Review: July 2012, Vol. 121, No. 3
The Impossibility of Skepticism, DANIEL GRECO Epistemologists and philosophers of mind both ask questions about belief. Epistemologists ask normative questions about belief--which beliefs ought we to have? Philosophers of mind ask metaphysical questions...
Visiting Professors from Abroad
VISITING PROFESSORS FROM ABROAD ALESSANDRO FERRARA Boston College University of Rome, Tor Vergata Spring 2013 YOSHIHIRO NAKAJIMA University of British Columbia Osaka City University Spring 2012-Fall 2012...