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. 2, December

Aquinas's Commentary on Boethius's De Trinitate
LONG BEFORE KANT PUBLISHED his reflections on the epistemological structure of philosophy, Aquinas addressed the topic in his commentary on Boethius's De Trinitate. (1) It is an early work, pertaining to the first Parisian period (datable not beyond...
Auxier, Randall E. and Lewis Hahn, Eds. the Philosophy of Richard Rorty
AUXIER, Randall E. and Lewis Hahn, eds. The Philosophy of Richard Rorty. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2010. xxxvi + 756 pp. Cloth, $89.95--The Library of Living Philosophers has been one of the most prestigious series of the entire philosophical...
Bastit, Michel. la Substance: Essai Metaphysique
BASTIT, Michel. La substance: Essai metaphysique. Paris: Parole et Silence, 2012. 310 pp. Cloth, 30.00 [euro]--The author, professor of metaphysics at the University of Dijon, France, takes the reader on a voyage through the writings of the philosophers...
Berofsky, Bernard. Nature's Challenge to Free Will
BEROFSKY, Bernard. Nature's Challenge to Free Will. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 280pp. Cloth, $65.00--Bernard Berofsky has provided a rich and densely argued defense of Humean compatibilism, which he describes as the view that freedom is...
Brann, Eva, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem. Plato Statesman
BRANN, Eva, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem. Plato Statesman. Newburyport, Mass.: Focus Publishing, 2012. 166 pp. Paper, $10.95--This new translation is the third by these translators; the two prior being Plato Sophist (1996) and Plato's Phaedo (1998)....
Braude, Hillel. Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning
BRAUDE, Hillel. Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. xxiv + 232 pp. Cloth, $45.00--Medical ethicists have long noted the dangers of the depersonalizing forces of modern...
Burrell, David B., Carlo Cogliati, Janet M. Soskice, and William R. Stoeger, Eds. Creation and the God of Abraham
BURRELL, David B., Carlo Cogliati, Janet M. Soskice, and William R. Stoeger, eds. Creation and the God of Abraham. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xii + 274 pp. Cloth, 58.00 [pounds sterling]--This volume is the fruit of a meeting of Christian,...
Demenchonok, Edward, Ed. Philosophy after Hiroshima
DEMENCHONOK, Edward, ed. Philosophy after Hiroshima. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. xii + 548 pp. Cloth, $74.99--I take the aggregate thesis of this anthology to be that the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
Desmond, William. the Intimate Strangeness of Being: Metaphysics after Dialectic
DESMOND, William. The Intimate Strangeness of Being: Metaphysics after Dialectic. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, vol. 56. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. xi + 312 pp. Cloth, $69.95--Desmond's...
Hayek, F.A. the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek
HAYEK, F.A. The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek. Vols. 7 and 8, Business Cycles, Parts I and II. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Vol 7, xi + 289 pp. Cloth, $55.00; Vol 8, x + 349 pp. Cloth, $65.00.--Volumes 7 and 8 of the University of Chicago...
Heidegger, Martin. Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event)
HEIDEGGER, Martin. Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. xvi + 433 pp. Cloth, $50.00--The present work is the second English translation of Beitrage zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis), first published...
Idealism, Scientia Intuitiva, and Scientific Philosophy
"CONSIDERED OBJECTIVELY, there can be only one human reason, there ... can be only one true system of philosophy from principles, in however many different and even conflicting ways one has philosophized about one and the same proposition"--so declares...
Kateb, George. Human Dignity
KATEB, George. Human Dignity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011. xiii + 238 pp. Cloth, $22.95--George Kateb understands the core idea of dignity to be "that on earth, humanity is the greatest type of being ... that every member deserves to...
Knasas, John F. X. Thomism and Tolerance
KNASAS, John F. X. Thomism and Tolerance. Scranton: University of Scranton Press, 2011. 168pp. Paper, $20.00--John Knasas holds that tolerance is an "undeniable aspect of the common good," and therefore support for tolerance is a standard all philosophies...
Locating the Lost Island
PHILOSOPHERS HAVE NOW HAD nine and one-third centuries to dwell on Anselm's ontological argument in the Proslogion. Recent literature on the argument indicates that there is vigorous and sophisticated disagreement about what the argument presupposes,...
Lynch, Michael. in Praise of Reason
LYNCH, Michael. In Praise of Reason. Boston: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. xii + 166 pp. Cloth, $19.95--One of the least acknowledged and most important crises of our era is the loss of confidence in reason. Michael Lynch's In Praise...
Malone-France, Derek. Deep Empiricism: Kant, Whitehead, and the Necessity of Philosophical Theism
MALONE-FRANCE, Derek. Deep Empiricism: Kant, Whitehead, and the Necessity of Philosophical Theism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2006. 200pp. Cloth, $70.00--Immanuel Kant and Alfred North Whitehead each began as mathematicians who shifted to mathematical...
McGinn, Colin. Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy
MCGINN, Colin. Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. ix + 189 pp. Cloth, $65.00--McGinn's volume is concerned with what he perceives to be philosophy's "struggle to redefine itself, to gain a new self-conception.......
Peperzak, Adriaan T. Thinking about Thinking: What Kind of Conversation Is Philosophy?
PEPERZAK, Adriaan T. Thinking About Thinking: What Kind of Conversation Is Philosophy? New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. vii + 211 pp. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $26.00--Adriaan Peperzak's collection of ten essays that compose Thinking About Thinking...
Punishment and Moral Sentiments
In 1883, the Victorian Judge James Fitzjames Stephen famously argued that: The sentence of the law is to the moral sentiments of the public in relation to any offence what a seal is to hot wax. It converts into a permanent final judgment...
Rethinking Honor with Aristotle and Confucius
RECENT COMPARATIVE WORKS on Aristotle and Confucius have focused on their similar accounts of the exemplary person. (1) Both authors stress the virtues of exemplary persons and their being models for self-cultivation. Commentators frequently emphasize...
Rockmore, Tom. Kant and Phenomenology
ROCKMORE, Tom. Kant and Phenomenology. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. 258 pp. Cloth, $45.00--The purpose of this targeted work is to examine a phenomenological approach to epistemology, and specifically, to address the relation between...
Schall, James V. the Modern Age
SCHALL, James V. The Modern Age. South Bend: St. Augustine's Press, 2011. 207 pp. Cloth, $30.00--In this work, Jesuit political philosopher James Schall proposes a diagnosis of the modern age, where "modem" is understood as the present or current period....
Somers-Hall, Henry. Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference
SOMERS-HALL, Henry. Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012. xvi + 289 pp. Cloth, $85.00--In this rich and impressive new book, Henry Somers-Hall gives...
Sosa, Ernest. Knowing Full Well
SOSA, Ernest. Knowing Full Well. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011. x + 163 pp. Cloth $29.95--Two "Platonic" questions motivate Ernest Sosa's articulation of a theory of knowledge as epistemic virtue. The first comes from the Theaetetus...
Thomson, Iain D. Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity
THOMSON, Iain D. Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xix + 245 pp. Cloth, $90.00; paper, $27.99--Consisting largely of revised versions of previously published materials, this book serves as an intriguing...
Winfield, Richard Dien. the Living Mind: From Psyche to Consciousness
WINFIELD, Richard Dien. The Living Mind: From Psyche to Consciousness. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2011. ix + 307 pp. Cloth, $95.00--In The Living Mind Richard Winfield escapes "the hard problem" of deriving consciousness from physical...

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