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. 88, No. 1, Winter 2014
Eternity, Boredom, and One's Part-Whole-Reality Conception, WILLIAM A. LAUINGER Bernard Williams famously argued that eternal life is undesirable for a human because it would inevitably grow intolerably boring. This paper argues against Williams...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2014
Objectual Understanding and the Value Problem, J. ADAM CARTER and EMMA C. GORDON Duncan Pritchard has argued for an elegant solution to what have been called the value problems for knowledge in recent literature on epistemic value. He claims that...
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2013
What Incongruent Counterparts Show, DAVID LANDY Robert Hanna argues that Kant's incongruent counterparts example can be mobilized to show that some mental representations, which represent complex states of affairs as complex, do so entirely nonconceptually....
Hegel's Account of the Unconscious and Why It Matters
I In 1842 FRANZ EXNER, professor of philosophy in Prague, notoriously characterized the entire enterprise of Hegelian psychology as "an undisciplined fooling about with empty concepts, which not infrequently lapses into being completely scatterbrained."...
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 53, No. 4, December 2013
Causal Exclusion and Overdetermination, DANIEL F. LIM Jaegwon Kim argues that if mental properties are irreducible with respect to physical properties, then mental properties are epiphenomenal. This paper argues that this conditional is false and...
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 1, March 2014
The Practice of Religion in Post-Secular Society, JAMES M. JACOBS This paper considers recent arguments from Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor that argue that even secular societies ought to tolerate religion for its practical benefits. Then, taking...
Mind Vol. 122, Issue 486, April 2013
Social Anti-Individualism, Co-Cognitivism, and Second Person Authority, JANE HEAL We are social primates, for whom language-mediated cooperative thinking ("co-cognition") is a central element of our shared life. Psychological concepts may be illuminated...
Mind Vol. 122, Issue 487, July 2014
The Emperor's New Metaphysics of Powers, STEPHEN BARKER This paper argues that the new metaphysics of powers is an illusory metaphysics. The author distinguishes three fundamental ways of seeing how facts of physical modality are grounded in the...
Nothingness and the Clearing: Heidegger, Daoism and the Quest for Primal Clarity
When ONE SPEAKS OF MARTIN HEIDEGGER one seldom mentions East Asian philosophy in the same breath. Although the former's indebtedness to the latter might be historically well documented, (1) in terms of comparative philosophy there remains much to be...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 87, No. 3, November 2013
Testimony As a Social Foundation of Knowledge, ROBERT AUDI Testimony is the mainstay of human communication and essential for the spread of knowledge. But testimony may also spread error. Under what conditions does it yield knowledge in the person...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 88, No. 1, January 2014
Exercising Doxastic Freedom, CONOR McHUGH This paper defends the possibility of doxastic freedom, arguing that doxastic freedom should be modelled not on freedom of action but on freedom of intention. Freedom of action is exercised by agents like...
Philosophy Vol. 89, No. 1, January 2014
There's Glory for You! JEFFREY KETLAND This dialogue concerns metasemantics and language cognition. It defends a Lewisian conception of languages as abstract entities, arguing that semantic facts are necessities, and therefore not naturalistically...
Phronesis Vol. 59, No. 1, 2014
Dialectic and Who We Are in the Alcibiades, ALBERT JOOSSE In the Platonic Alcibiades, Socrates raises two central philosophical questions: Who are we? and How ought we to take care of ourselves? He answers these questions, the author argues, in...
Ratio Vol. 27, No. 1, March 2014
Do A Posteriori Physicalists Get Our Phenomenal Concepts Wrong? E. DIAZ-LEON A posteriori physicalism is the combination of two appealing views: physicalism (that is, the view that all facts are either physical or entailed by the physical), and...
Schelling's Nonconceptual Grounding
I THE DECLINE OF GERMAN IDEALISM brought to the forefront the crisis of Reason, which brought into debate Reason's ability or inability to ground itself. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, a German Romantic and Idealist, is arguably the leading...
Selfhood, Virtue, and the Wissenschaftslehre: Fichte's Engagement with Rousseau's First Discourse
THE FIFTH AND FINAL LECTURE of the series of lectures known collectively as Some Lectures concerning the Scholar's Vocation (Einige Vorlesungen uber die Bestimmung des Gelehrten), which Fichte gave at the University of Jena and subsequently had published...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 110, No. 11, November 2013
Epistemic Agency, ERNEST SOSA This paper is about varieties of epistemic agency, and about how such agency is related to normativity, freedom, reasons, competence, and skepticism.--Correspondence to: emsosa@rci.rutgers.edu Explanatory Games,...
The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 110, No. 8, August 2013
The Multiple Realizability of Biological Individuals, ELLEN CLARKE This essay argues that evolutionary biology suffers from a lack of consensus regarding the appropriate way to define one of its central organizing concepts--the biological individual,...
The Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 52, No. 2, April 2014
The Interaction between the Just City and Its Citizens in Plato's Republic: From the Producers'Point of View, HAEWON JEON The author's main concern is the producers of the kallipolis in Plato's Republic, specifically as to what they value and aim...
The Monist Vol. 97, Issue 2, April 2014
Traces, Documents, and the Puzzle of 'Permanent Acts, ENRICO TERRONE In Making the Social World, Searle characterizes social entities of many kinds as involving "permanent acts." But what makes an act permanent? The paper addresses this puzzle through...
The Philosophical Review Vol. 123, No. 1, January 2014
Regularity and Hyperreal Credences, KENNY EASWARAN Many philosophers contest the use of standard real numbers for the probability function that represents an agent's credences. They point out that leal numbers cannot capture the distinction between...
The Relation of Phenomenology and Thomistic Metaphysics to Religion: A Study of Patrick Masterson's Approaching God: Between Phenomenology and Theology
In THIS CONCISE AND THOUGHTFUL BOOK, (1) Patrick Masterson discusses two approaches to the philosophical understanding of God: the phenomenological, exemplified by Jean-Luc Marion, and the metaphysical, represented by Thomas Aquinas. The first chapter...
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