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. 4, June

Aikin, Scott F.: Evidentialism and the Will to Believe
AIKIN, Scott F. Evidentialism and the Will to Believe. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 214 pp. Cloth, $120.00--Aikin's book is a detailed, meticulous, and thought provoking comparative study of two seminal papers on the ethics of belief: William Clifford's...
Alfano, Mark. Character as Moral Fiction
ALFANO, Mark. Character as Moral Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ix + 226 pp. Cloth, $90.00--Thanks to Owen Flanagan, Gilbert Harman, and John Doris (among others), a fruitful discussion at the intersection of social psychology...
Almog, Joseph. Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature
ALMOG, Joseph. Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xi + 160 pp. Cloth, $45.00--This book begins with a story of intellectual development. At the age of seven, walking through...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 89, No. 2, Spring 2015
On Departing Hominization, PATRICK TONER It is a matter of dispute whether St. Thomas Aquinas accepted the doctrine of departing hominization. Departing hominization is the view that in the process of human death, the rational soul departs first,...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 2, April 2015
A Causal Theory of Acting for Reasons, NOMY ARPALY and TIMOTHY SCHROEDER This paper works to reinvigorate a causal account of acting for reasons. It draws on recent work in epistemology on believing for reasons (what epistemologists often call the...
Aristotle on the Intelligibility of Perception
THE QUESTION I WOULD LIKE to address in this article concerns the way, on Aristotle's account, that we and other animals apprehend concrete individuals--the people, trees, tables, and so on--that populate our world. In De anima, Aristotle identifies...
Bakhos, Carol. the Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations
BAKHOS, Carol. The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. 296 pp. Cloth, $39.95--Events in recent years around the world have underscored the need for religious believers (as...
Charlton, William. Metaphysics and Grammar
CHARLTON, William. Metaphysics and Grammar. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. vi + 234 pp.--This work is an engagingly written, provocative, occasionally irritated and frequently irritating, deflationary account of metaphysics. Charlton states his position...
Coleman, Heather J, Ed.: Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion
COLEMAN, Heather J, ed. Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. xi + 333 pp. Paper, $35.00--The scheduled 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council of the Eastern Church makes this publication's...
Connolly, John M.: Living without a Why: Meister Eckhart's Critique of the Medieval Concept of Will
CONNOLLY, John M. Living without a Why: Meister Eckhart's Critique of the Medieval Concept of Will. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 236 pp. Cloth, $65.00--Professor Connolly's new book on the work of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-c. 1328) seeks to...
Crane, Tim. Aspects of Psychologism
CRANE, Tim. Aspects of Psychologism. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. xii + 368 pp. Cloth, $45.00--In this collection of essays written over a span of twenty years, University of Cambridge philosopher Tim Crane defends what he calls...
Dale, Eric M.: Hegel, the End of History, and the Future
DALE, Eric M. Hegel, the End of History, and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xii + 260 pp. Cloth, $95.00--Hegel's thought is widely associated with the notion of the "end of history," the notion that he understood his own philosophical...
Dante on the Nature and Use of Language
DANTE'S REFLECTIONS ON THE NATURE of language do not constitute a fully developed philosophy of language, but anyone conversant with his Convivio and De Vulgari Eloquentia will find there the elements for the construction of one. Although language...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2015
Mark Sacks Lecture 2013: Spinoza on Goodness and Beauty and the Prophet and the Artist, MOIRA GATENS Some critics have claimed that Spinoza's philosophy has nothing to offer aesthetics. This paper argues that within his conception of an ars vivendi...
Friedman, Russell L.: Intellectual Traditions at the Medieval University: The Use of Philosophical Psychology in Trinitarian Theology among the Franciscans and Dominicans, 1250-1350
FRIEDMAN, Russell L. Intellectual Traditions at the Medieval University: The Use of Philosophical Psychology in Trinitarian Theology among the Franciscans and Dominicans, 1250-1350. 2 volumes. Leiden: Brill, 2013. xxi + 1006 pp.--This immense work...
Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P
Students in Canada and the United States have reason to be saddened at the loss of a great scholar, teacher, Dominican, and friend. Lawrence Dewan was born 22 March 1932 and died in Ottawa, 12 February 2015. The youngest of four children of Philip...
Grygiel, Stanislaw. Discovering the Human Person: In Conversation with John Paul II
GRYGIEL, Stanislaw. Discovering the Human Person: In Conversation with John Paul II. Translated by Michelle K. Borras. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. xiv + 160 pp. Cloth: $24.00--As Supreme Knight Carl Anderson's...
Gunnell, John. Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is
GUNNELL, John. Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything As It Is. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 280 pp. Cloth, $50.00--We need all the help we can get in interpreting Wittgenstein's enigmatic writings. Here we...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 55, No. 1, March 2015
Happiness: Overcoming the Skill Model, TOM ANGIER This essay argues that the theory of happiness now dominant among philosophers embraces a flawed, technicizing model that represents happiness as a set of mental states produced by actions and events....
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 53, No. 2, April 2015
Why Are There No Conditionals in Aristotle's Logic? DAVID EBREY Aristotle presents a formal logic in the Prior Analytics in which the premises and conclusions are never conditionals. This paper argues that he did not simply overlook conditionals,...
Kekes, John. How Should We Live? A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality
KEKES, John. How Should We Live? A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. xi + 250 pp. Cloth, $36.00--In his book How Should We Live? A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality, John Kekes analyzes nine...
Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks, Vol. 7
Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks, Vol. 7. Edited by Niels Jorgen Cappelpm, Alastair Hannay, Bruce H. Kirmmse, David D. Possen, Joel D. S. Rasmussen, Vanessa Rumble, and K. Brian Soderquist. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. xxi + 807...
Lachs, John. Freedom and Limits
LACHS, John. Freedom and Limits. Edited by Patrick Shade. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. 520 pp. Cloth, $125.00; paper, $30.00--Great philosophers in the past hundred years or so have been masterful technicians, but many have been less concerned...
Mind: Vol. 124, No. 494, April 2015
Dignity and the Value of Rejecting Profitable but Insulting Offers, EFTHYMIOS ATHANASIOU, ALEX JOHN LONDON, and KEVIN J. S. ZOLLMAN This paper distinguishes two competing conceptions of dignity, one recognizably Hobbesian and one recognizably Kantian....
Mulla Sadra. the Book of Metaphysical Penetrations
MULLA SADRA. The Book of Metaphysical Penetrations. Translated by Seyyed Hussein Nasr. Edited by Ibrahim Kalin. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2014. xli + 123 pp. Cloth, $39.95.--This work provides a complete English translation with...
PFAU, Thomas. Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge
PFAU, Thomas. Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. ix + 673 pp. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $38.00-- Minding the Modern is another very bulky book to add to...
Philosophical Psychology in Arabic Thought and the Latin Aristotelianism of the 13th Century
Philosophical Psychology in Arabic Thought and the Latin Aristotelianism of the 13th Century. Edited by Luis Xavier Lopez-Farjeat and Jorg Alejandro Tellkamp. Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2013. xv + 288 pp. Paper, 30.40 [euro]--This volume...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 90, No. 3, May 2015
On the Existence of Duties to the Self (and Their Significance for Moral Philosophy), PAUL SCHOFIELD Contemporary philosophers generally ignore the topic of duties to the self. This paper contends that they are mistaken to do so. The question of...
Philosophy: Vol. 90, No. 2, April 2015
Oxford Philosophy in the 1950s, JOHN R. SEARLE During the period roughly of the 1950s Oxford was generally regarded as the most important center of philosophy in the world, the one where the most interesting philosophical activity was going on....
Phronesis: Vol. 60, No. 2, 2015
Socrates' Warning Against Misology (Plato, Phaedo 88c-91c), THOMAS MILLER In the Phaedo, Socrates warns his listeners, discouraged by the objections of Simmias and Cebes, against becoming haters of logoi. This paper argues that the misologists are...
Ratio: Vol. 28, No. 2, June 2015
Some Ontological Consequences of Atomism, TRAVIS DUMSDAY Is there a fimdamental layer of objects in nature? And if so, what sorts of things populate it? Among those who answer "yes" to the first question, a common answer to the second is "atoms,"...
Recent Titles in Philosophy
Aarli, Johan A. The History of the World Federation of Neurology: The First Fifty Years. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 234 pp. Alavi, Seema. Muslim Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Empire. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015....
Ross, James. Thought and World: The Hidden Necessities
ROSS, James. Thought and World: The Hidden Necessities. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. 248 pp. Cloth, $50.00; paper, $28.00--Thought and World is an important book. It is important because it offers a critical look at much that is...
Simpson, Peter L. P.: Political Illiberalism: A Defense of Freedom
SIMPSON, Peter L. P. Political Illiberalism: A Defense of Freedom. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. xi + 236 pp. Cloth, $69.95--This book gets its name as a contrapositive to the political liberalism of John Rawls and his followers....
Stern, Josef. the Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide
STERN, Josef. The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013. 448 pp. Cloth, $49.95--This volume, which builds upon Josef Stem's extensive research and writing on Maimonides over the course of three decades,...
Strehle, Stephen. the Dark Side of Church/State Separation: The French Revolution, Nazi Germany, and International Communism
STREHLE, Stephen. The Dark Side of Church/State Separation: The French Revolution, Nazi Germany, and International Communism. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2014. xviii + 383 pp. Cloth, $59.95--This impressive book argues that the principle...
St. Thomas on the Incorruptibility of the Human Soul: A Reassessment of His Argument from Natural Desire
I In question 75, article 6 of the first part of his Summa Theologica, St. Thomas asks "whether the human soul is incorruptible." After considering various arguments pro and con, he answers in the affirmative as follows: [E]ach thing naturally...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 65, No. 259, April 2015
Process Reliabilism's Troubles with Defeat, BOB BEDDOR One attractive feature of process reliabilism is its reductive potential: it promises to explain justification in entirely nonepistemic terms. This paper argues that the phenomenon of epistemic...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 124, No. 1, January 2015
Space as Form of Intuition and as Formal Intuition: On the Note to B160 in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, CHRISTIAN ONOF and DENNIS SCHULTING In his argument for the possibility of knowledge of spatial objects, in the Transcendental Deduction of...
The Therapeutic Skepticism of Michel De Montaigne
WHEN DISCUSSING MONTAIGNE'S skepticism, scholars understandably tend to turn to his "Apology for Raymond Sebond." (1) The "Apology" is his longest essay, and includes his most explicit and most sustained treatment of Pyrrhonism. And yet it seems clear...
Truth as a Phenomenon
I ONE HUNDRED YEARS after Martin Heidegger began his career as teacher and writer, contemporary scholarship remains divided over his philosophy. (1) Philosophers outside the phenomenological tradition have had a hard time understanding him, and...
Van Inwagen, Peter. Existence: Essays in Ontology
VAN INWAGEN, Peter. Existence: Essays in Ontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.--This collection of clearly written essays from 2001 through 2012 begins with personal reflections on metaphysics (chapter one, "Five questions") and a...
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