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. 67, No. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 87, No. 3, Summer 2013
A Thomistic Response to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness, TRAVIS DUMSDAY The problem of divine hiddenness has in the recent literature joined the problem of evil as one of the principal positive arguments for atheism. The chief goal of this paper...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 50, No. 3, September 2013
Animal Minds: A Non-Representationalist Approach, HANS-JOHANN GLOCK Do animals have minds? We have known at least since Aristotle that humans constitute one species of animal; some benighted contemporaries apart, we also know that most humans have...
Aristotle on Deduction and Inferential Necessity
Aristotle's Topics introduces a deductive argument as follows: "a deduction [sullogismos] is an account [logos] in which, some things being supposed, something other than that which is assumed results of necessity [ex anagkes sumbainei] in virtue of...
Ball, Philip. Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
BALL, Philip. Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. viii + 465pp. Cloth, $35.00--I advise the reader not to judge the book by its style. The author, Philip Ball, covers his...
Belting, Hans. Florence and Baghdad, Renaissance Art and Arab Science
BELTING, Hans. Florence and Baghdad, Renaissance Art and Arab Science. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011. 304pp. Cloth, $39.95--In this finely produced and handsomely illustrated book, Professor Hans Belting, professor of Art History...
Borg, Emma. Pursuing Meaning
BORG, Emma. Pursuing Meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xv + 234pp. Cloth, $65.00--Borg defends the traditional, albeit currently heterodox, view of minimal semantics. She defines the position in terms of four theses. (i) Declarative sentences...
Confucian Values and Human Rights
TALK OF VALUES HAS been used by East Asian governments to argue for emphasizing economic, social, cultural and developmental rights over civil and political rights that are stressed by Western governments. Such discourse is neither restricted to politics...
Dempsey, Charles. the Early Renaissance and Vernacular Culture
DEMPSEY, Charles. The Early Renaissance and Vernacular Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. xii + 384 pp. Cloth, $39.95--In this learned and dense work, Charles Dempsey, an art history professor at John Hopkins University, challenges...
Desmond, William. Philosopher-Kings of Antiquity
DESMOND, William. Philosopher-Kings of Antiquity. London and New York: Continuum, 2011. 256pp. Cloth, $120.00--This is a history of the theory of the philosopher-king, from Plato to NATO, to use the popular saying--from the ancient Greek theory of...
Doctoral Dissertations
University of Alberta (38) (38) (13) ANGELA THACHUK, "The Politics of Coming Out: Stigma and Biomedical Models of Mental Disorder." Adviser: Cressida Heyes. University of Arizona (52) (52) (26) ADAM ARICO, "The New Folk Psychology." Adviser:...
Does Plotinus Present a Philosophical Account of Creation?
In his influential essay, "Plotinus's Metaphysics: Emanation or Creation?" Lloyd Gerson raises the question of whether Plotinus's account of the procession of all things from the One is actually a type of creationist metaphysics rather than an alternative...
Doolan, Gregory T.: The Science of Being as Being: Metaphysical Investigations
DOOLAN, Gregory T. The Science of Being as Being: Metaphysical Investigations. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, vol. 55. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. viii + 323pp. Cloth, $69.95--This volume,...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2013
Is Kant a Moral Constructivist or a Moral Realist? PAUL FORMOSA The dominant interpretation of Kant as a moral constructivist has recently come under sustained philosophical attack by those defending a moral realist reading of Kant. In light of...
Faculty Updates
FACULTY UPDATES VISITING PROFESSORS FROM ABROAD JESUS ADRIAN ESCUDERO University of Arizona Universidad Autonoma Spring 2014 de Barcelona DAN ZAHAVI Boston College University of Copenhagen ...
Francis Suarez on the Efficiency of Substantial Forms
IN THE FIFTEENTH DISPUTATION of his Disputationae Metaphysicae, (1) Francis Suarez deals with the problem of the existence of substantial forms prior to defining them. After claiming that it is impossible to learn about the forms through experience,...
Ganeri, Jonardon. the Self: Naturalism, Consciousness and the First-Person Stance
GANERI, Jonardon. The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness and the First-Person Stance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xii + 374pp. Cloth, $75.00--The Self brings to the Western reader a rich discussion of Indian traditions (especially Buddhist)...
Gluer, Kathrin. Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction
GLUER, Kathrin. Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. vii + 313pp. Cloth $99.00; paper, $24.95; eBook, $15.00--This is an excellent guide to Donald Davidson's important contributions to many aspects of philosophy,...
Goldman, Avery. Kant and the Subject of Critique: On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea
GOLDMAN, Avery. Kant and the Subject of Critique: On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2012. ix + 264pp. Paper, $27.95 Avery Goldman has written an important book that addresses the metacritical...
Hegel's Ontological Pluralism: Rethinking the Distinction between Natur and Geist
THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN a human social world and a natural world governed by immutable laws has been decisive for modern philosophy. Some have even suggested that this dichotomy is itself constitutive of what it means to be modern, or at least of modernity's...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2013
Arts and Artifacts: An Aristotelian Approach, MICHAEL HECTOR STORCK This paper considers the nature of artifacts by looking at them as essentially connected with art in the broad sense of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. After discussing the natural...
Joppke, Christian and John Torpey. Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison
JOPPKE, Christian and John Torpey. Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2013. 211pp. Cloth, $39.95--The aim of this treatise is to determine how four "liberal democracies"--France, Germany,...
Klima, Gyula and Alexander W. Hall, Eds.: Medieval Metaphysics, or Is It "Just Semantics"?
KLIMA, Gyula and Alexander W. Hall, eds. Medieval Metaphysics, Or Is It "Just Semantics"? Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, vol. 7. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 94pp. Cloth, $52.99--The book...
Knauff, Marcus. Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought
KNAUFF, Marcus. Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2013. xvii + 290pp. Cloth, $40.00--Marcus Knauff clearly states his claims in the book's preface that 1. visual images are not the basis of reasoning;...
Kreeft, Peter. Summa Philosophica
KREEFT, PETER. Summa Philosophica. South Bend: St. Augustine's Press, 2012. xviii + 254pp. Cloth, $30.00--Having tried his hand at several Socratic dialogues, Peter Kreeft now turns to the form of dialogical writing employed by the Scholastics of the...
Lampert, Jay. Simultaneity and Delay: A Dialectical Theory of Staggered Time
LAMPERT, Jay. Simultaneity and Delay: A Dialectical Theory of Staggered Time. Continuum Series in Continental Philosophy. London: Continuum, 2012. x + 260 pp. Cloth, $120.00--Jay Lampert's latest book, Simultaneity and Delay, has two key objectives....
Levine, Alan M. and Daniel S. Malachuk, Eds.: A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson
LEVINE, Alan M. and Daniel S. Malachuk, eds. A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011. xi + 487pp. Cloth, $40.00--Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk, editors of A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo...
Lutz, Mark J.: Divine Law and Political Philosophy in Plato's Laws
LUTZ, Mark J. Divine Law and Political Philosophy in Plato's Laws. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. 200pp. Cloth, $35.00--In this book, Mark Lutz argues that the conversation of Plato's Laws follows from the aporetic ending of...
Marratto, Scott. the Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity
MARRATTO, Scott. The Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012. xii + 242pp. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $24.95--Scott Marratto's excellent book is part of a new wave of scholarship that aims to demonstrate the importance...
McCann, Hugh. Creation and the Sovereignty of God
MCCANN, Hugh. Creation and the Sovereignty of God. Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. 281pp. Cloth, $39.95--Hugh McCann presents a sophisticated defense of the thesis that God has total sovereignty...
Mind: Vol. 122, Issue 485, January 2013
The Two-Envelope Paradox: Asymmetrical Cases, CHUNGHYOUNG LEE In the asymmetrical variant of the two-envelope paradox, the amount in envelope A is determined first, and then the amount in envelope B is determined to be either twice or half the amount...
Patton, Pamela. Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
PATTON, Pamela. Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012. xi + 206pp. Cloth, $79.95--The scholarship on medieval Iberia is complicated by the fact that three groups flourished...
Philosophy: July 2013, Vol. 83, No. 3
Truth, Pragmatism, and Morality, DAVID WIGGINS Hilary Putnam's conception of ethics is not best understood as a form of "moral realism," but as a position consequent upon the pragmatist understanding of the relation between truth and rational acceptability--ideas...
Phronesis: 2013, Vol. 58, No. 3
Circular Justification and Explanation in Aristotle, OWEN GOLDIN Aristotle's account of episteme is foundationalist. In contrast, the web of dialectical argumentation that constitutes justification for scientific principles is coherentist. Aristotle's...
Phronesis: Vol. 58, No. 1, 2013
Proportions du ciel d'Anaximandre, JEAN-FRANCOIS CORRE The doxography for Anaximander's account of the rings of the sky gives proportions for them that are discrepant. So a widely accepted hypothesis proposes that, since the circles of the celestial...
Phronesis: Vol. 58, No. 2, 2013
La rhetorique au coeur de l'examen refutatif socratique: le jeu des emotions dans le Gorgias, CATHERINE COLLOBERT This paper attempts to demonstrate that the Socratic critique of Gorgias's rhetoric is not merely destructive, but actually constructive...
Ratio: September 2013, Vol. 26, No. 3
Hilbert's Inferno: Time Travel for the Damned, ALASDAIR M. RICHMOND Combining time travel with certain kinds of supertask, this paper proposes a novel model for Hell. Temporally-closed spacetimes allow otherwise impossible opportunities for material...
Rodl, Sebastian. Categories of the Temporal: An Inquiry into the Forms of the Finite Intellect
RODL, Sebastian. Categories of the Temporal: An Inquiry into the Forms of the Finite Intellect. Translated by Sibylle Salewski. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. 218pp. Cloth, $39.95--Categories of the Temporal is both a logical investigation...
Ryan, Alan. the Making of Modern Liberalism
RYAN, Alan. The Making of Modern Liberalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. ix + 670pp.--Having written books on the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey, Alan Ryan knows whereof he writes. Ryan is professor...
Saarinen, Risto. Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought
SAARINEN, Risto. Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. viii + 248pp. Cloth, $80.00--This book continues the author's earlier study Weakness of the Will in Medieval Thought: From Augustine...
Sowerby, Scott. Making Toleration
SOWERBY, Scott. Making Toleration. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013. 416pp. Cloth, $49.95--The theme of this book is nicely stated on the fly leaf: "[This book] overturns traditional interpretations of James II's reign and the origins...
Strauss, Leo. Leo Strauss on Moses Mendelssohn
STRAUSS, Leo. Leo Strauss on Moses Mendelssohn. Translated, edited, and with an interpretative essay by Martin D. Yaffe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 322pp. Cloth, $45.00--Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was a political philosopher of the first...
Teichmann, Roger. Nature, Reason, and the Good Life: Ethics for Human Beings
TEICHMANN, Roger. Nature, Reason, and the Good Life: Ethics for Human Beings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. xvi + 192pp. Cloth, $65.00--As the title might suggest, this is indeed a work in the area of ethics. The book is Aristotelian in...
The Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 3, September 2013
The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think, BILLY DUNAWAY, ANNA EDMONDS, and DAVID MANLEY Much contemporary experimental philosophy involves taking surveys of "folk" subjects to test their intuitions involving philosophically relevant...
Theil, Udo. the Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume
THEIL, Udo. The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011. 483pp.--The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity From Descartes to Hume is a...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 51, No. 3, July 2013
Aristotle's Scientific Inquiry into Natural Slavery, JOSEPH A. KARBOWSKI This paper argues that there is a strong fit between the structure of Aristotle's inquiry into natural slavery in the Politics and the scientific method described in Posterior...
The Monist: Vol. 97, No. 1, January 2014
The Youth Without Qualities, PHILIP KITCHER Musil's first novel, Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless, explores the confusions (too mild a word) of a pupil in a provincial military academy in the waning days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 63, Issue 252, July 2013
Rational Numbers: A Non-Consequentialist Explanation Of Why You Should Save the Many and Not the Few, TOM DOUGHERTY You ought to save a larger group of people rather than a distinct smaller group of people, all else equal. A consequentialist may...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 122, No. 2, April 2013
Leibniz and the Ground of Possibility, SAMUEL NEWLANDS Leibniz's views on modality are among the most discussed by his interpreters. Although most of the discussion has focused on Leibniz's analyses of modality, this essay explores Leibniz's grounding...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 122, No. 3, July 2013
Epistemic Teleology and the Separateness of Propositions, SELIM BERKER When it comes to epistemic normativity, should one take the good to be prior to the right? That is, should one ground facts about what one ought and ought not to believe, on...
Thom, Paul. the Logic of the Trinity: Augustine to Ockham
THOM, Paul. The Logic of the Trinity: Augustine to Ockham. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. xvi + 236pp. Cloth, $65.00--Paul Thorn has selected Augustine, Boethius, Abelard, Gilbert of Poitiers, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great,...
Trisokkas, Ioannis. Pyrrhonian Scepticism and Hegel's Theory of Judgment: A Treatise on the Possibility of Scientific Inquiry
TRISOKKAS, Ioannis. Pyrrhonian Scepticism and Hegel's Theory of Judgment: A Treatise on the Possibility of Scientific Inquiry. Critical Studies in German Idealism, vol. 8. Leiden: Brill, 2012. xvii + 357pp. Cloth $182.00--This interesting book argues...
Waller, Bruce N.: Against Moral Responsibility
WALLER, Bruce N. Against Moral Responsibility. Cambridge, Mass.: The M.I.T. Press, 2011. xi + 352pp. Cloth, $40.00--This book attacks the entire system of moral responsibility from within a naturalistic framework. If we take naturalism seriously, argues...
Williams, Robert W.: Tragedy, Recognition, and the Death of God: Studies in Hegel and Nietzsche
WILLIAMS, Robert W. Tragedy, Recognition, and the Death of God: Studies in Hegel and Nietzsche. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xi + 410pp. Cloth. $99.00--Nietzsche remarked that seeking to mediate between two bold thinkers displays mediocrity,...
Winfield, Richard Dien. Hegel's Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures
WINFIELD, Richard Dien. Hegel's Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures. New York: Roman and Littlefield Publishers, 2012. ix + 376pp--This book offers an exceptional exegesis of Hegel's Science of Logic in thirty lectures that closely...
Young, Julian. Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
YOUNG, Julian. Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xxxii + 649pp. Cloth, $45.00--A massive effort that combines biographical narrative with textual interpretation, Julian Young's...
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