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. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 87, No. 4, Fall 2013
As Light Belongs to Air: Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart on the Existential Rootlessness of Creatures, ANDREW T. LAZELLA Both Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart draw on the image of illuminated air to explain how being belongs to creatures. While...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 50, No. 4, October 2013
Reductionism in Personal Identity and the Phenomenological Sense of Being a Temporally Extended Self, ROBERT SCHROER The literature on personal identity typically focuses upon what Marya Schechtman calls "the reidentification question"--the question...
Anstey, Peter R.: John Locke and Natural Philosophy
ANSTEY, Peter R. John Locke and Natural Philosophy. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. xii + 252pp. Cloth, $65--Having completed along with Lawrence Principe the Clarendon edition of John Locke's natural philosophy and medicine, Peter...
Callahan, Daniel. in Search of the Good: A Life in Bioethics
CALLAHAN, Daniel. In Search of the Good: A Life in Bioethics. Basic Bioethics Series. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2012. xi + 206pp. Cloth, $29.00--Part memoir, part history, part philosophical musings, this book gives the reader an up close look at of...
Costello, Peter. Layers in Husserl's Phenomenology: On Meaning and Intersubjectivity
COSTELLO, Peter. Layers in Husserl's Phenomenology: On Meaning and Intersubjectivity. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. xiv + 225pp. Cloth, $60--Phenomenology is sometimes understood, usually by those who have had little actual contact with...
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2013
Rousseau on Dependence and the Formation of Political Society, DAVID JAMES This paper explores Rousseau's account of the problem of dependence by analyzing his distinction between dependence on things and dependence on men. It argues that dependence...
Finocchiaro, Maurice. Meta-Argumentation: An Approach to Logic and Argumentation Theory
FINOCCHIARO, Maurice. Meta-argumentation: An Approach to Logic and Argumentation Theory. Studies in Logic, vol. 42. London: College Publications, 2013. vii + 279pp.--Argumentation is a burgeoning field, and in recent decades, argumentation theorists...
Hirschl, Ran. Constitutional Theocracy
HIRSCHL, Ran. Constitutional Theocracy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. 306pp. Cloth, $46.50--Ran Hirschl's work addresses a question of fundamental importance for the contemporary world, the relationship between principles of the rule...
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 53, No. 3, September 2013
What Counts as a Number? JEAN W. RIOUX Georg Cantor argued that pure mathematics would be better-designated "free mathematics" since mathematical inquiry need not justify its discoveries through some extramental standard. Even so, he spent much...
Kant's Two Touchstones for Conviction: The Incommunicable Dimension of Moral Faith
What does it mean to say, as Kant does, that morality inevitably (unumganglich) leads to religion? (1) This seems to be a curious inevitability, given Kant's formulation of morality in terms of autonomous human reason, a formulation often taken to...
Lewis, Peter B.: Arthur Schopenhauer
LEWIS, Peter B. Arthur Schopenhauer. London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2012. 187pp. Paper, $16.95--Of the biographies of Schopenhauer available in English, two full-length works dominate the contemporary landscape: David E. Cartwright's monumental Schopenhauer:...
McManus, Denis. Heidegger and the Measure of Truth
McMANUS, Denis. Heidegger and the Measure of Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xiv + 247pp. Cloth, $75.00--In this illuminating reconstruction of Heidegger's early thought, McManus explores in a clear and accessible way Heidegger's contribution...
Milkowski, Marcin. Explaining the Computational Mind
MILKOWSKI, Marcin. Explaining the Computational Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013. xvi + 243pp. Cloth, $35.00--The central theme of Explaining the Computational Mind is that a computational account of mind can be explanatory only because the mind...
Papadogiannakis, Yannis. Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Greek East: Theodoret's Apologetics against the Greeks in Context
PAPADOGIANNAKIS, Yannis. Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Greek East: Theodoret's Apologetics against the Greeks in Context. Washington, D.C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012. x + 183pp. Paper, $19.95--Theodoret of Cyrus (393-c. 460)...
Philosophical Prayer in Proclus's Commentary on Plato's Timaeus
Since the Pre-Socratics, philosophers have famously lambasted traditional portraits of the divine, decrying anthropomorphic and mercurial depictions of the gods, who need to be appeased with burnt offerings or swayed by flattery. Nevertheless, while...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 87, No. 2, September 2013
Subjunctive Credences and Semantic Humility, SARAH MOSS Evidential Support and Instrumental Rationality, PETER BROSSEL, ANNA-MARIA A. EDER, and FRANZ HUBER Self-Location and Other-Location, DILIP NINAN Heidegger's Metaphysics of Material Beings,...
Philosophy Vol. 88, No. 4 October 2013
Adam Ferguson As a Moral Philosopher, GORDON GRAHAM Adam Ferguson has received little of the renewed attention that contemporary philosophers have given to the philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, most notably David Hume, Thomas Reid, and...
Phronesis Vol. 58, No. 4, 2013
Comparing Lives in Plato, Laws 5, JAMES WARREN In Laws 5 (732d-34e), the Athenian argues in favor of virtuous over vicious lives on the basis that the former are preferable to the latter when we consider the pleasures and pains in each. This essay...
Plamenatz, John. Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau
PLAMENATZ, John. Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau. Edited by Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. XXXVI + 283pp. Cloth, $75.00--This book is based on the manuscript of a set of lectures scheduled to be given at Cambridge...
Pozzo, Riccardo. Adversus Ramistas: Kontroversen Uber Die Natur der Logik Am Ende der Renaissance
POZZO, Riccardo. Adversus Ramistas: Kontroversen uber die Natur der Logik am Ende der Renaissance. Schwabe Philosophica, vol. 13. Basel: Schwabe Verlag, 2012. 259pp. Cloth, 48--This volume is dedicated to the controversies about the nature and functions...
Ratio Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2013
Irrealism and the Genealogy of Morals, RICHARD JOYCE Facts about the evolutionary origins of morality may have some kind of undermining effect on morality, yet the arguments that advocate this view are varied not only in their strategies but in...
Sharp, Hasana. Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization
SHARP, Hasana. Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. xii + 242pp. Cloth, $35.00--Hasana Sharp argues that Spinoza's theory of human action is based upon what she calls the "renaturalization" of man....
The Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 91, No. 4, December 2013
Science's Immunity to Moral Refutation, ALEX BARBER Moral convictions cannot, on the face of it, count in evidence against scientific claims with which they conflict. Moral antirealists can explain this easily: science is immune to moral refutation...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 110, No. 5, May 2013
Conditionals and a Two Envelope Paradox, BYEONG-UK YI The article presents a solution to Smullyan's version of the two envelope paradox. In doing so, it argues against the probabilistic and possible world approaches to conditionals. These approaches...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 110, No. 6, June 2013
Expressive Communication and Continuity Skepticism, DORIT BAR-ON Continuity skeptics seek to establish on conceptual grounds that animal minds, understanding, and communication differ so greatly from ours that the two cannot be intelligibly regarded...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 110, No. 7, July 2013
How Quotations Refer, MARIO GOMEZ-TORRENTE The article argues for a theory on which quotations are unstructured, context-insensitive devices that get their referents fixed by a conventional wholesale reference-fixing rule. First, it criticizes recent...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 51, No. 4, October 2013
Childish Nonsense? The Value of Interpretation in Plato's Protagoras, FRANCO V. TRMGNO In the Protagoras, Plato presents us with a puzzle about interpretation. Socrates claims to find several familiar Socratic theses about morality in his interpretation...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2014
Platonic Causes Revisited, D. T. J. BAILEY This paper offers a new interpretation of the notorious section of Plato's Phaedo, 96a-103a, in which Socrates discourses on the nature of cause and explanation. It offers new reasons for an old account...
The Moral Good and Normative Nature in the Aristotelian Ethics
Nature as the rudder for the ship of ethical conduct seems clear enough in the Aristotelian Ethics. The most pronounced study offering the contrary is a work by J. Donald Monan, Moral Knowledge and Its Methodology in Aristotle. (1) Point by point commentary...
The Ontological Account of Self-Consciousness in Aristotle and Aquinas
THE NOTIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS and self-consciousness are typically modern. The equivalent in classical philosophers is, in some sense, the notion of self-knowledge. The semantic difference between these terms is that consciousness connotes more of a...
The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 63, Issue 253, October 2013
Compositional Semantics for Expressivists, ARVID BAVE This paper proposes a hitherto unnoticed possibility of solving embedding problems for noncognitivist expressivists in metaethics by appeal to Conceptual Role Semantics. It shows that claims...
The Philosophical Review Vol. 122, No. 4, October 2013
Rational Probabilistic Incoherence, MICHAEL CAIE Probabilism is the view that a rational agent's credences should always be probabilistically coherent. It has been argued that Probabilism follows, given the assumption that an epistemically rational...
Truth, the Good, and the Unity of Theory and Practice
Ever since Plato, philosophers have recognized the relationship of truth and the good to be of central importance. Nevertheless, what that relationship is has been a source of ongoing controversy. At one extreme, truth has been identified with the...
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