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.

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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 87, No. 2, Spring 2013
Reading Dewey's Political Philosophy through Addams's Political Compromises, MARILYN FISCHER Both John Dewey and Jane Addams believed that the cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. While their vision of democracy is rightly called radical,...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 50, No. 2, April 2013
On the Limits of Virtue Epistemology, JOSHUE OROZCO The Supportive Reasons Norm of Assertion, RACHEL MCKINNON This paper gives a proposal for the central norm governing the practice of assertion, called the Supportive Reasons Norm of Assertion....
Aquino, Frederick. an Integrative Habit of Mind: John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom
AQUINO, Frederick. An Integrative Habit of Mind: John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom. De Kalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. x + 129 pp. Cloth, $29.00--This book applies Newman's thought to debates in contemporary epistemology....
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 1, March 2013
Internalists Beware--We Might all be Amoralists! GUNNAR BJORNSSON, RAGNAR FRANCEN OLINDER Standard motivational internalism is the claim that by a priori or conceptual necessity, a psychological state is a moral opinion only if it is suitably related...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 2, June 2013
The Importance of Awareness, NEIL LEVY A number of philosophers have recently argued that agents need not be conscious of the reasons for which they act or the moral significance of their actions in order to be morally responsible for them. This...
Bennette, Rebecca Ayako. Fighting for the Soul of Germany: The Catholic Struggle for Inclusion after Unification
BENNETTE, Rebecca Ayako. Fighting for the Soul of Germany: The Catholic Struggle for Inclusion after Unification. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. ix + 368 pp. Cloth, $49.95--Bennette's work helps us rethink much of what we believed...
Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Introduction of Metaphysics into the Latin West
TWO REASONS EXPLAIN the paramount importance of Dominicus Gundissalinus (ca. 1110-1190) for the history of metaphysics on the eve of the Latin reception of Aristotle. First of all, in the mid-twelfth century, the scholar from Toledo translated a...
Emotion and Evil in Kant
KANT IS OFTEN REGARDED as a philosopher with a simplistic view of what emotions are, and as the proponent of an especially harsh view of the role emotions play in the moral life. On one common reading, the affective components of human nature that...
Excellence as Completion in Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics
ARISTOTLE TWICE STATES, as a general truth, that being is better than nonbeing. (1) Throughout his works, moreover, the goodness of beings frequently depends on their completeness. This is not surprising, given the prominence of the complete in Aristotelian...
Lamentable Necessities
SLAVERY IN ANCIENT GREECE, absolutist monarchy in premodern Europe, and the European conquest of the New World strike us, from our contemporary perspective, as injustices on a massive scale. People were not merely harmed, badly affected, and made worse...
Mind: Vol. 121, No. 484, October 2012
Emergence and Fundamentality, ELIZABETH BARNES This paper argues for a new way of characterizing ontological emergence. It appeals to recent discussions in meta-ontology regarding fundamentality and dependence, and shows how emergence can be simply...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 86, No. 2, March 2013
Experimental Philosophy, Contextualism and SSI, JESSICA BROWN Does the Brain Lead the Mind? STORRS MCCALL Toward a Truly Social Epistemology: Babbage, the Division of Mental Labor, and the Possibility of Socially Distributed Warrant, JOSEPH SHIEBER...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 86, No.3, May 2013
Experimental Attacks on Intuitions and Answers, JOHN BENGSON Dogmatism, Underminers and Skepticism, MATTHEW MCGRATH Validity for Strong Pluralists, AARON J. COTNOIR Moral Uncertainty and the Principle of Equity among Moral Theories, ANDREW...
Philosophy: Vol. 88, No. 2, April 2013
Insatiable Desire, FIONA ELLIS Why the Tractatus, Like the Old Testament, Is 'Nothing but a Book,' K. L. EVANS In The Education of the Human Race, G. E. Lessing argues that the propositions of the Old Testament are pseudopropositions, or why...
Ratio: Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2013
Presentism, Truth and Supervenience, SAM BARON Truthmaker theory is commonly thought to pose a challenge for presentism. Presentism seems to lack the ontological and ideological resources required to underwrite adequately the truth of propositions...
Ratio: Vol. 26, No. 2 June 2013
Agency and Awareness, CHRISOULA ANDREOU This paper focuses on the idea that if, as a result of lacking any conscious goal related to X-ing and any conscious anticipation or awareness of X-ing, one could sincerely reply to the question "Why are you...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
AHERN, DANIEL A. The Smile of Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Art of Virtue. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012. 168 pp. Cloth, $64.95. ALLEN, DANIELLE, and ROB REICH, eds. Education, Justice, and Democracy. Chicago: University...
St. Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Aristotle's Physics
THE PHYSICS IS A MOST remarkable work, which had a profound influence on the Arab and Western world and marked practically all studies of physical nature until the time of Galileo Galilei, but for many moderns it is only a historical document. Jonathan...
Subjective Worlds
THE GREAT AMERICAN philosopher, C. S. Peirce, said that ideas, like waves created by a rock cast in the lake, spread in all directions. (1) Language and social practices propagate the motion, and often the ideas enter minds surreptitiously, unconsciously,...
The European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2013
Sense and Sensibility in Kant's Practical Agent: Against the Intellectualism of Korsgaard and Sidgwick, JULIAN WUERTH Drawing on a wide range of Kant's recorded thought beyond his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, this essay presents an overview...
The International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2013
Aristotle on Modality and Predicative Necessity, JEAN-LOUIS HUDRY Many logicians have tried to formalize a modal logic from the Prior Analytics, but the general view is that Aristotle has failed to offer a consistent modal logic there. This paper...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2013
THE JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2013 Two Kinds of Belief in Plato, GOSTA GRONROOS The purpose of this paper is to lay bare the distinction between two different kinds of belief in Plato. In the Sophist (263e10-264b4),...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 51, No. 2, April 2013
Aristotle's Conception of Truth: An Alternative View, BLAKE HESTIR The prevailing view among scholars is that Aristotle's remarks on truth at Metaphysics [??].7, 1011b26-27 express a correspondence conception of truth. Although Aristotle thinks...
The Monist: Vol. 96, No. 3, July 2013
Should CSR Give Atheists Epistemic Assurance? On Beer-Goggles, BFFs, and Skepticism Regarding Religious Beliefs, JUSTIN L. BARRETT, IAN M. CHURCH Recent work in cognitive science of religion (CSR) is beginning to converge on a very interesting thesis--that,...
The Monist: Vol. 96, No. 4, October 2013
Mental Fictionalism: The Very Idea, TAMAS DEMETER Imaginary Emotions, ADAM MORTON This paper discusses the possibility that some of the emotions we ascribe to others, and to ourselves, do not exist. The idea is meant to include the possibility...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 63, No. 251, April 2013
A Human Right Against Social Deprivation, KIMBERLY BROWNLEE Human rights debates neglect social rights. This paper defends one fundamentally important, but largely unacknowledged, social human right. The right is both a condition for and a constitutive...
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