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. 68, No. 2, December

Act and Fact: On a Disputed Question in Recent Thomistic Metaphysics
Thomism seems to be different in every one of its proponents who is thinking authentically on the philosophical level.--Joseph Owens (1) I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION to a question that has arisen in Thomistic metaphysics in recent decades, in...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 88, No. 4, Fall 2014
Tradition as a Fragile Practice: Some Implications of Alasdair MacIntyre's Theory of Rationality for the Study of Philosophy, CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN LUTZ This paper has four parts. The first part gives an overview of Alasdair MacIntyre's theory of...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 51, No. 4, October 2014
It's a Jumble Out There: How Talk of Levels Leads Us Astray, AMIE L. THOMASSON One often hears talk about some entities being "higher-level" than others: social and cultural objects, for example, are often said to be "higher-level" entities than...
Directing Philosophy: Aquinas, Studiousness, and Modern Curiosity
Writing FOR A FRENCH AUDIENCE in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Abbe Narcisse Cacheux sought to capture Thomas Aquinas's energy with a bit of colorful prose: "S. Thomas, travaille, tourmente d'une curiosite passionnee, insurmontable, inextinguible...
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2014
Virtue Epistemology and Epistemic Twin Earth, JESPER KALLESTRUP and DUNCAN PRITCHARD A popular form of virtue epistemology--defended by such figures as Ernest Sosa, Linda Zagzebski, and John Greco--holds that knowledge can be exclusively understood...
Experiencing Tradition versus Belonging to It: Gadamer's Dilemma
We "BELONG" TO TRADITION, Gadamer says, (1) and he insists, "The conceptual world in which philosophizing develops has already captivated us in the same way that the language in which we live conditions us." (2) The historical and cultural traditions...
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 3, September 2014
Aquinas on Self-Knowledge and the Individuation of Thought, CARL N. STILL Thomas Aquinas's theory of self-knowledge stands out among medieval theories for its conceptual sophistication, yet it remains less studied than many other areas of his thought....
Joseph Grange (1940-2014)
Joe Grange was born in New York and grew up in the Bronx. He did his doctoral work at Fordham University (with Robert Neville as his director), where in 1970 he received his degree for a dissertation entitled "Tragic Value in the Thought of Alfred...
Kant's Transcendental Functionalism
It IS NO LONGER A NOVELTY TO VIEW KANT as a functionalist about the mind or self. Wilfrid Sellars may have been the first to bring this line of interpretation onto the agenda, (1) and a number of scholars including Andrew Brook, Patricia Kitcher, Ralf...
Mind Vol. 123, Issue 490, April 2014
Logic Informed, JUSTIN BLEDIN Do logically valid arguments necessarily preserve truth? Certain inferences involving informational modal operators and indicative conditionals suggest that truth preservation and good deductive argument come apart....
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 89, No. 2, September 2014
Knowledge, Justification and Normative Coincidence, MARTIN SMITH Say that two goals are normatively coincident just in case one cannot aim for one goal without automatically aiming for the other. While knowledge and justification are distinct epistemic...
Philosophy Vol. 89, No. 4, October 2014
An Intellectual Entertainment: A Dialogue on Mind and Body, P. M. S. HACKER This dialogue on the mind/body relation is a sequel to the author's earlier dialogue "On the Nature of the Mind" but can be read independently of it. The five disputants...
Phronesis Vol. 59, No. 4, 2014
Why the Cosmos Needs a Craftsman: Plato, Timaeus 27d5-29b1, THOMAS KJELLER JOHANSEN In his opening speech, Timaeus argues that the cosmos must be the product of a craftsman looking to an eternal paradigm. Yet his premises seem at best to justify...
Quietism or Description? McDowell in Dispute with Dreyfus
I won't say anything which anyone can dispute. Or, if anyone does dispute it, I will let that point drop and pass on to say something else. (1) I IN MIND AND WORLD John McDowell set out to dispel once and for all the so-called Myth of the Given....
The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 64, Issue 257, October 2014
A Defence of Epistemic Consequentialism, KRISTOFFER AHLSTROM-VIJ and JEFFREY DUNN Epistemic consequentialists maintain that the epistemically right (for example, the justified) is to be understood in terms of conduciveness to the epistemic good...
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