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. 89, No. 1, Winter 2015
Renewal and Tradition: Phenomenology as "Faith Seeking Understanding" in the Work of Edmund Husserl, WILLIAM E. TULLIUS This paper seeks to understand the place of phenomenology within the Christian philosophical tradition. Contrary to common conceptions...
Bailey, Janies P.: Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition
BAILEY, Janies P. Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. 176 pp. Paper, $30.00--This book seeks to redress the lack of emphasis on the idea of asset building...
Ball, Philip. Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler
BALL, Philip. Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. ix + 303 pp.--With access to reams of correspondence, other archival material, and public records, Philip Ball provides...
Botwinick, Aryeh. Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics: A Critique and a Re-Appropriation
BOTWINICK, Aryeh. Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics: A Critique and a Re-Appropriation. New York: Routledge, 2014. xiii + 248 pp. Cloth, $118.33--Aryeh Botwinick's new book is a refreshing addition to the Levinas scholarship for at least three...
Braver, Lee. Heidegger: Thinking of Being
BRAVER, Lee. Heidegger: Thinking of Being. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014. x + 234 pp. Cloth, $69.95; paper, $24.95--The thought and work of Martin Heidegger is marked by profound irony. From Being and Time (1927) through his late work, one of Heidegger's...
Breazeale, Daniel and Rockmore, Tom. Fichte's Vocation of Man: New Interpretive and Critical Essays
BREAZEALE, Daniel and Rockmore, Tom. Fichte's Vocation of Man: New Interpretive and Critical Essays. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013. xi + 325 pp. Cloth, $95.00--Fichte's Vocation of Man, which was published in 1800 shortly after Fichte's...
Cornelio Fabro on the Distinction and Composition of Essence and Esse in the Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas
CORNELIO FABRO IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED for the important contribution he has made to our knowledge of the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas through his exposition of the major role played by the notion of participation in the thought of the angelic doctor....
Darwall, Stephen. Honor, History, & Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II
DARWALL, Stephen. Honor, History, & Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 285 pp. Cloth, $99.00; paper, $29.95--This volume comprises eleven previously published journal articles and book chapters....
Dilworth, Craig. Simplicity: A Meta-Metaphysics
DILWORTH, Craig. Simplicity: A Meta-Metaphysics. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2012. x + 195 pp. Cloth, $80.00--Dilworth's book is an extraordinarily insightful reflection on one of the most comprehensive of philosophical subjects, metaphysical categories....
Dyck, Corey W.: Kant and Rational Psychology
DYCK, Corey W. Kant and Rational Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xx + 257 pp. Cloth, $74.00--Dyck's detailed historical study places Kant's critical philosophy and his treatment of the soul, particularly in the Paralogisms in the...
Feser, Edward. Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction
FESER, Edward. Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. Neunkirchen-Seelscheid: Editiones Scholasticae, 2014. 302 pp.--In the prolegomenon to this book, Edward Feser informs us that his introduction to scholastic metaphysics, while written...
Finocchiaro, Maurice. the Trial of Galileo: Essential Documents
FINOCCHIARO, Maurice. The Trial of Galileo: Essential Documents. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 2014. xii + 160 pp.--This book draws upon Finocchiaro's previously published works, The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History (1989) and Retrying...
Forsey, Jane. the Aesthetics of Design
FORSEY, Jane. The Aesthetics of Design. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 288 pp. Cloth, $49.95--I am a design historian, not a philosopher. Therefore, my thoughts about Jane Forsey's book, The Aesthetics of Design, will relate more closely...
Franklin, James. an Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure
FRANKLIN, James. An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. x + 308 pp.--In the opening pages of his book, James Franklin declares that his intent is...
From Metaphysics to Ethics: East and West
AT FIRST BLUSH, it does not look as if metaphysics and ethics are related in either the Eastern or the Western philosophical traditions. Consider the Way (Dao) of the Daoist, Laozi, in his Daodejing, or the mean/equilibrium (zhong) of the Confucian...
Gal, Ofer and Raz Chen-Morris. Baroque Science
GAL, Ofer and Raz Chen-Morris. Baroque Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. xiv + 333 pp. $45.00--Among the problems faced by historians developing an account of the rise of modern science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries...
George L. Kline (1921-2014)
On October 21, 2014, the philosophical community lost a widely admired elder, George L. Kline, Milton C. Nahm Professor Emeritus of Bryn Mawr College, at age 93. He was a true polymath, known especially for his work on the philosophical systems of...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 54, No. 4, December 2014
Aristotle's Voluntary/Deliberate Distinction, Double-Effect Reasoning, and Ethical Relevance, T. A. CAVANAUGH This essay articulates Aristotle's account of the voluntary with a view to weighing in on a contemporary ethical debate concerning the...
Jaeggi, Rahel. Alienation
JAEGGI, Rahel. Alienation. Translated by Frederick Neuhouser and Alan E. Smith. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. xxv + 274 pp.--This book is a translation of Rahel Jaeggi's Entfremdung, which generated much excitement in Germany among philosophers...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2015
A Small Discovery: Avicenna's Theory of Minima Naturalia, JON MCGINNIS There has been a long-held misconception among historians of philosophy and science that apart from brief comments in Aristotle and Averroes, the theory of minima naturalia had...
Kitanov, Severin Valentinov. Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombard
KITANOV, Severin Valentinov. Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombard. New York: Lexington Books, 2014. xix + 285 pp. Cloth, $90.67--Since Plato's Philebus or Aristotle's Nicomachean...
Kosman, Aryeh. Virtues of Thought: Essays on Plato and Aristotle
KOSMAN, Aryeh. Virtues of Thought: Essays on Plato and Aristotle. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. 336 pp. Cloth, $49.95--Aryeh Kosman, emeritus professor at Haverford College, has spent his career largely researching Plato and Aristotle....
LeBar, Mark. the Value of Living Well
LEBAR, Mark. The Value of Living Well. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. xiii + 356 pp. Cloth, $74.00--Eudaimonism typically concerns the content of moral reasons, holding that our reasons for action ultimately refer to living well. This fine...
Lowe, E. J. Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic
LOWE, E. J. Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xii + 213 pp. Cloth, $94.99--Lowe's book is a careful analysis of five central, interrelated notions in philosophical logic: reference, predication,...
Maimonides and the Epicurean Position on Providence
I In A SENSE, Maimonides identifies his opinions on divine providence with Epicureanism. He does so in the Guide of the Perplexed III:23, (1) through a comparison of his typological analysis of possible opinions on the subject with the views of...
Mind: Vol. 123, Issue 492, October 2014
A Multimodal Conception of Bodily Awareness, FREDERIQUE DE VIGNEMONT One way to characterize the special relation that one has to one's own body is to say that only one's body appears to one from the inside. Although widely accepted, the nature...
Neff, Stephen C. Justice among Nations: A History of International Law
NEFF, Stephen C. Justice Among Nations: A History of International Law. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. 628 pp. Cloth, $45.00--This magisterial work is not a history of international law" in the most conventional senses of the term....
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 90, No. 1, January 2015
How Tolerant Can You Be? Carnap on Rationality, FLORIAN STEINBERGER This paper examines a neglected question concerning the centerpiece of Carnap's philosophy: the principle of tolerance. The principle of tolerance states that we are free to devise...
Philosophy: Vol. 90, No. 1, January 2015
Why Isn't There More Progress in Philosophy? DAVID J. CHALMERS Is there progress in philosophy? A glass-half-full view is that there is some progress in philosophy. A glass-half-empty view is that there is not as much as we would like. The paper...
Phronesis: Vol. 60, No. 1, 2015
Parmenides' Epistemology and the Two Parts of His Poem, SHAUL TOR This paper pursues a new approach to the problem of the relation between aletheia and doxa. It investigates as interrelated matters Parmenides' impetus for developing and including...
Pontynen, Arthur. Cultural Renewal: Restoring the Liberal and Fine Arts
PONTYNEN, Arthur. Cultural Renewal: Restoring the Liberal and Fine Arts. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. xiv + 302 pp.--Pontynen's recent work is an ambitious and spirited book. It addresses the problem of "the decline (if not collapse)...
Ratio: Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2015
Does Conceivability Entail Metaphysical Possibility? MOTI MIZRAHI and DAVID R. MORROW In this paper, it is argued that Weak Modal Rationalism, which is the view that ideal primary positive conceivability entails primary metaphysical possibility,...
Samuelson, Scott. the Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone
SAMUELSON, Scott. The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. ix + 216 pp. Cloth, $22.50--Scott Samuelson's The Deepest Human Life is a basic but thoughtful introduction to philosophy....
Seeskin, Kenneth. Jewish Messianic Thought in an Age of Despair
SEESKIN, Kenneth. Jewish Messianic Thought in an Age of Despair. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 222 pp. Cloth, $90.00-- Kenneth Seeskin's book is an important and brilliant phenomenological analysis of the messianic idea in Jewish thought....
Siedentop, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
SIEDENTOP, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. viii + 434 pp.--Does it still make sense to still talk about the West in what some call a "post-Christian world"? Larry...
Subjectivity and the Encounter with Being
I IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, Rene Descartes revolutionized metaphysics with six short meditations on the nature of subjectivity, reality, and God. Certainly the groundwork for the insights contained within this work must have been implicitly laid...
Substance and the Primary Sense of Being in Aristotle
CLEARLY, SUBSTANCE (OUSIA) IS THE PRIMARY SENSE of being in the Metaphysics. Aristotle is unequivocal at various points in the Metaphysics in positing the primacy of ousia in relation to the question of being qua being. However, Aristotle's arguments...
Tabery, James. beyond Versus: The Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture
TABERY, James. Beyond Versus: The Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014. 293 pp. Cloth, $40.00--James Tabery offers a novel approach to the nature/nurture debate by arguing that complex...
The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 111, No. 7, July 2014
Sophisticated Exclusion and Sophisticated Causation, LEI ZHONG The Exclusion Argument, which aims to deny the causal efficacy of irreducible mental properties, is probably the most serious challenge to nonreductive physicalism. Many proposed solutions...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 65, Issue 258, January 2015
A Normatively Neutral Definition of Paternalism, EMMA C. BULLOCK In this paper, it is argued that a definition of paternalism must meet certain methodological constraints. Given the failings of descriptivist and normatively charged definitions of...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 123, Issue 4, October 2014
Nonclassical Minds and Indeterminate Survival, J. ROBERT G. WILLIAMS Revisionary theories of logic or truth require revisionary theories of mind. This essay outlines nonclassically based theories of rational belief, desire, and decision making,...
The Rationality of Being
IT SEEMS OBVIOUS that the mechanisms or strategies deployed by thought to arrive at knowledge of the world are not the same, nor even of the same sort, as the physical processes thought aims to grasp through them. This gap does not depend on any particular...
Yeo, Richard. Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science
YEO, Richard. Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. xviii + 398 pp. Cloth, $45.00--In this work, Richard Yeo provides us with a well-researched and documented account of the practices and...
Ziarek, Krzysztof. Language after Heidegger
ZIAREK, Krzysztof. Language after Heidegger. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. xvi + 243 pp. Cloth, $45.00--Ziarek's Language after Heidegger is a valuable new contribution to the relatively limited scholarship on Heidegger's thinking of...
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