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. 69, No. 1, September

Aho, Kevin. Existentialism: An Introduction
AHO, Kevin. Existentialism: An Introduction. Boston: Polity Press, 2014. xvii + 193 pp. Cloth, $69.95; paper, $24.95--Aho's Existentialism offers readers an excellent new overview of a movement that is "by no means a moribund or outdated mode of thinking,"...
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 89, No. 3, Summer 2015
On Why and How Intention Matters, HEIDI M. GIEBEL While our common sense seems to tell us that intention matters to ethical evaluation, there is considerable disagreement among ethicists regarding why and how it matters. This article argues that...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 3, July 2015
Zombies and Probability: A Stochastic Approach to the Dualist's Problems, BERNARD MOLYNEUX This paper develops, for the purposes of answering some of the problems associated with interactionist dualism, a strategy suggested in the literature on...
Aristotle's Contrary Psychology: The Mean in Ethics and Beyond
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Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography
Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography. Edited by William E. Mann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xiv + 223 pp. Cloth, $65.00--The eight essays comprising this slim volume make a welcome contribution to our understanding of the...
Bruell, Christopher. Aristotle as Teacher: His Introduction to a Philosophic Science
Bruell, Christopher. Aristotle as Teacher: His Introduction to a Philosophic Science. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine's Press, 2014. vii + 268 pp.--Today, the majority of intellectuals across the disciplines believe that philosophy and science are...
Bucciantini, Massimo, Michele Camerota, and Franco Guidice. Galileo's Telescope
BUCCIANTINI, Massimo, Michele CAMEROTA, and Franco GUIDICE. Galileo's Telescope. Translated by Catherine Bolton. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. x + 339 pp.--No, this is not another treatise on the "Trial of Galileo," or l'affaire...
Burbridge, John. Cause for Thought: An Essay in Metaphysics
BURBRIDGE, John. Cause for Thought: An Essay in Metaphysics. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. 130 pp. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $19.95--This slender volume suggests that an adequate analysis of reality focuses on causality and begins in...
Congruency and Evil in Plato's Timaeus
The ISSUE OF evil in the Platonic corpus is one that has generated a great deal of scholarly debate. Unfortunately, while Plato was considerably interested in virtue--intellectual, moral, and civic--none of his dialogues is specifically concerned with...
Cutrofello, Andrew. All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity
CUTROFELLO, Andrew. All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity. Short Circuits Series. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014. xiii + 226 pp. Paper, $22.95--This book is the most recent volume in the Short Circuits series, which is edited by Slavoj Zizek....
Del Noce, Augusto. the Crisis of Modernity
DEL NOCE, Augusto. The Crisis of Modernity. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015. xxiv + 312 pp. Cloth, $100.00; paper, $34.95--Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) was one of the most important philosophers in Italy in the second half of the twentieth...
Distinctions of Being: Philosophical Approaches to Reality
Distinctions of Being: Philosophical Approaches to Reality. Edited by Nikolaj Zunic. Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association, 2013. xxv + 273 pp.--The philosophical legacy of Jacques Maritain continues to be a vibrant source of ideas, especially...
Doctoral Dissertations
University of Alberta (44) (44) (17) ANDREW BALL, "Virtue in Context." Adviser: Bruce Hunter. HASSAN MASOUD, "The Epistemology of Natural Deduction." Adviser: Bernard Linsky. KRISTIN RODIER, "Habits of Resistance: Feminism, Phenomenology,...
Edwards, Douglas. Properties
EDWARDS, Douglas. Properties. Boston: Polity Press, 2014. xiii + 181 pp. Cloth, $64.95; paper, $22.95--Properties is a delightful book. It is clear, fair to, and with some notable exceptions, achieves wide coverage of core issues. It would be an excellent...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2015
The Neo-Hegelian Theory of Freedom and the Limits of Emancipation, BRIAN O'CONNOR This paper critically evaluates what it identifies as the "institutional theory of freedom" developed within recent neo-Hegelian philosophy (by Robert Pippin and,...
Ferejohn, Michael T. Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought
FEREJOHN, Michael T. Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xii + 211pp. Cloth, $65.00--Two passages in the Metaphysics, 1.6.987bl-4 and 13.4.1087b22-30, comment...
Haladjian, Haroutioun and Carlos Montemayer. Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention
HALADJIAN, Haroutioun and Carlos MONTEMAYER. Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. xiv + 280 pp. Cloth, $40.00--The central thesis of this well researched volume asserts a functional independence...
Hegel, G.W.F. Lectures on the Philosophy of Art: The Hotho Transcript of the 1823 Berlin Lectures
HEGEL, G. W. F. Lectures on the Philosophy of Art: The Hotho Transcript of the 1823 Berlin Lectures. Introduction by Annemarie Gethmann-Siefert. Edited and translated by R. Brown. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2014. xiii+ 508 pp.--After Hegel's death, his...
Heidegger, Martin. Holderlin's Hymns: 'Germania' and 'The Rhine'
HEIDEGGER, Martin. Holderlin's Hymns: 'Germania' and 'The Rhine'. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. xvi + 289 pp. Cloth, $50.00--The Collected Edition of Martin Heidegger's writings in German comprises 102 volumes. Of these, almost sixty...
Hustwit, J.R. Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Faith
HUSTWIT, J. R. Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Faith. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2014. 162 pp. Cloth, $80.00--J. R. Hustwit explains the objective of his Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth this way: "This book's...
Ibn Gabirol, Solomon. the Font of Life
IBN GABIROL, Solomon. The Font of Life. Translated by John A. Laumakis. Medieval Philosophical Texts in Translation, no. 51. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2014. 281 pp. Paper, $29.00--The philosophical dialogue Fons Vitae (FV) has had a checkered...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 55, No. 2, June 2015
Aristotelian Substance and Personalistic Subjectivity, MARK K. SPENCER Many personalists have argued that an adequate account of the human person must include an account of subjectivity as irreducible to anything objectively definable. The personalists...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 53, No. 3, July 2015
Aristotle on Singular Thought, MIKA PERALA Aristotle assumes in many contexts that we are able to have singular thoughts such as "Cleon is white." However, one might be puzzled about whether this is compatible with his theory of thought, which is...
Long, A.A. Greek Models of Mind and Self
LONG, A. A. Greek Models of Mind and Self Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015. 248 pp. Cloth, $25.95--We are embodied, individual, human beings and, as such, we experience ourselves as living emotionally rich, reflective, and purposive...
Melzer, Arthur M. Philosophy between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing
MELZER, Arthur M. Philosophy between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 453 pp. Cloth, $45.00; 31.50[pounds sterling]--In an analysis that ranges from Homer to the present, Melzer interprets...
Mind: Vol. 124, No. 495, July 2015
The Intellectual Given, JOHN BENGSON Intuition is sometimes derided as an abstruse or esoteric phenomenon akin to crystal-ball gazing. Such derision appears to be fueled primarily by the suggestion, evidently endorsed by traditional rationalists...
Nirenberg, David. Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today
NIRENBERG, David. Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. 352 pp. Cloth, $45.00--Neighboring Faiths puts forth the thesis that Jews, Christians, and Muslims...
North American Professors Abroad
JULIA ANNAS University of Oslo University of Arizona Fall 2015 DORIT BAR-ON Institute for Advanced Study, University of Connecticut Berlin Fall 2105-Spring 2016 ERIN BEEGHLY ...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 91, No. 1, July 2015
Permissive Rationality and Sensitivity, BENJAMIN ANDERS LEVINSTEIN Permissivism about rationality is the view that there is sometimes more than one rational response to a given body of evidence. This paper discusses the relationship between permissivism,...
Philosophy: Vol. 90, No. 3, July 2015
Time as Relative, DENIS CORNISH Philosophical development of Leibniz's view that time is merely earlier--later order is necessary because neither Leibniz nor modern followers sufficiently answered the Newtonian charge that order does not give quantity....
Ratio: Vol. 28, No. 3, September 2015
Modal Persistence and Modal Travel, KRISTIE MILLER and MICHAEL DUNCAN This article argues that there is an interesting modal analogue of temporal persistence, namely, modal persistence, and an interesting modal analogue of time travel, namely, modal...
Rearticulating Being
I THIS TITLE GIVES RISE TO THE QUESTION, why rearticulate being? What is wrong with articulations found throughout the history of philosophy? It is often noted, by philosophers concerned with being, that problems arise for the articulation of being...
Sartre and Sertillanges on Creation
DURING THE FRIGHTENING YEARS OF 1943 to 1945, in the midst of devastations and annihilations of all sorts, two very different philosophers, with very different intentions, had a concern in common: the concept of creation. On the one hand, there is...
Schmitt, Frederick F. Hume's Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation
SCHMITT, Frederick F. Hume's Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xx + 423 pp. Cloth, $99.00--Frederick Schmitt challenges skeptical readings of Hume on causation by developing a reliability...
Sludds, Kevin. the Incurious Seeker's Quest for Meaning: Heidegger, Mood and Christianity
SLUDDS, Kevin. The Incurious Seeker's Quest for Meaning: Heidegger, Mood and Christianity. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014. 232 pp. Paper, $64.95--This book's overarching aim is to argue that the significance of affect within the fundamental ontology of Martin...
Steward, Helen. A Metaphysics for Freedom
STEWARD, Helen. A Metaphysics for Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xii + 267 pp. Cloth, $58.04; paper, $30.24--Whatever expectations her title might give a reader, Helen Steward's book is not the usual libertarian repudiation of determinism...
The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 112, No. 1, January 2015
Parity, Comparability, and Choice, CHRISOULA ANDREOU It is often supposed that, given two potential objects of choice, X and Y, a specific set of circumstances, and a specific choosing agent, one of the following must be true: (1) opting for X is...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 65, No. 260, July 2015
The Significance of Unpossessed Evidence, NATHAN BALLANTYNE By reflecting on evidence we do not have, we gain insight into the epistemic status of beliefs concerning difficult and disputed matters. The arguments offer a novel kind of skeptical challenge,...
The Philosopical Review: Vol. 124, No. 2, April 2015
From Choice to Chance? Saving People, Fairness, and Lotteries, TIM HENNING Many authors in ethics, economics, and political science endorse the lottery requirement, that is, the following thesis: where different parties have equal moral claims to...
Tomasello, Michael. A Natural History of Human Thinking
TOMASELLO, Michael. A Natural History of Human Thinking. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. xi + 178 pp. Cloth $35.00--For the last decade and a half, Michael Tomasello has been developing an account of the critical cognitive differences...
Uninstantiated Properties and Semi-Platonist Aristotelianism
PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN SUPPOSED to exist for several compelling reasons. (1) They solve the problem of "the one over many": how different individuals can, objectively, resemble one another in some respect, such as color. Two pens may be of exactly...
Visiting Professors from Abroad
FABRIZIA ABBATE University of Chicago University of Rome Fall 2015 EWA AGNIESZKE LEKKE-KOWALIK University at Buffalo Catholic University of Lublin, July-November 2015 Poland ARUN BALASUBRAMANIAN University...
Williams, David Lay. Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction
WILLIAMS, David Lay. Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xv + 311 pp. Paper, $29.99--This excellent work is one of the latest offerings from Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts. Providing...
Wirten, Eva Hemmungs. Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in Our Age of Information
WIRTEN, Eva Hemmungs. Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in Our Age of Information. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. 223 pp.--The basic facts concerning the lives of Pierre and Marie Curie are well known....
Zawidzki, Tadeusz Wieslaw. Mindshaping: A New Framework for Understanding Human Social Cognition
ZAWIDZKI, Tadeusz Wieslaw. Mindshaping: A New Framework for Understanding Human Social Cognition. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2013. xxlii +317 pp. Cloth, $42.00--Mindshaping offers a powerful account of what makes human social cognition distinctive....
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