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. 2, December

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 89, No. 4, Fall 2015
Reappraising the Manual Tradition, BRIAN BESONG Following the Second Vatican Council, the predominant trend in Catholic moral theology has been decidedly antagonistic toward the tradition that dominated moral theology before the Council, namely,...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 52, No. 4, October 2015
Core Identifications: The Motives That, Really "Speak for Us," SOMOGY VARGA Some of our motives (desires, projects, and so on) that we act on are not only of unconstrained origin, but we also take them to express who we are and, thus, to "speak...
Does "I Know" Tolerate Metaphysical Emphasis? R. G. Collingwood's Affirmative Answer to Wittgenstein's Rhetorical Question
One might point to R. G. Collingwood as another philosopher who seemed more "conservative" than Wittgenstein during their lifetimes, but whose greater historical sense gives his arguments an added interest to a later generation. (1) Wittgenstein...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2015
On a Supposed Solution to the Reinhold/Sidgwick Problem in Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, COURTNEY D. FUGATE The purpose of this paper is to challenge the suggestion that Kant offers a solution to the Reinhold/Sidgwick problem in his Metaphysics...
In Appreciation of Jude P. Dougherty
August 31, 2015 marked a major milestone in the history of The Review of Metaphysics. With volume 69, number 1, Jude P. Dougherty stepped down as editor-in-chief after forty-four years, a tenure that began in December 1971 with volume 25, number 2....
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 55, No. 3, September 2015
The Privation Account of Moral Evil: A Defense, W. MATTHEWS GRANT The privation account of moral evil holds that the badness of morally bad acts consists not in the positive act itself or in any positive feature of the act but rather in the act's...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 53, No. 4, October 2015
Hume's Psychology of the Passions: The Literature and Future Directions, ELIZABETH S. RADCLIFFE Commentators have sometimes underappreciated or misunderstood the point of Hume's theory of the passions. This paper offers an overview of the literature...
Manlevelt, Thomas. Questiones Libri Porphirii
MANLEVELT, Thomas. Questiones libri Porphirii. Edited by Alfred van der Helm. Leiden: Brill, 2014. xiii + 433 pp. Cloth, 168.00 [euro]; $218.00--Four hundred years before David Hume, Thomas Manlevelt speculated that there is no need to postulate the...
Mind: Vol. 124, No. 496, October 2015
Hume and the Independent Witnesses, ARIF AHMED The Humean argument concerning miracles says that one should always think it more likely that anyone who testifies to a miracle is lying or deluded than that the alleged miracle actually occurred, and...
Moreno, Alvaro and Matteo Mossio. Biological Autonomy: A Philosophical and Theoretical Inquiry
MORENO, Alvaro and Matteo MOSSIO. Biological Autonomy: A Philosophical and, Theoretical Inquiry. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. xiii + 221 pp. Cloth, $129.00--Without the complex internal organization of living things, "the survival-of-the-fittest engine...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 91, No. 2, September 2015
Being-Towards-Death and Owning One's Judgment, DENIS MCMANUS This article offers a novel interpretation of Heidegger's discussion of "Being-towards-death" as articulating an account of self-knowledge and self-acknowledgement. This article reveals...
Philosophy: Vol. 90, No. 4, October 2015
Speaking for Oneself: Wittgenstein, Nabokov and Sartre on How (Not) to Be a Philistine, BENJAMIN DE MESEL The aim of this article is twofold. First, it offers an introduction to and comparison of three accounts of philistinism. Secondly, it shows...
Phronesis: Vol. 60, No. 4, 2015
Leprobleme des equinoxes dans Vastronomie grecque, JEANFRANCOIS CORRE When were equinoxes first understood? If the notion were as simple as it might seem, it ought not to be difficult to determine; but the controversies around it show that the matter...
Possenti, Vittorio. Nihilism and Metaphysics: The Third Voyage
POSSENTI, Vittorio. Nihilism and Metaphysics: The Third Voyage. Translated by Daniel B. Gallagher. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2014. 398 pp.--This volume is concerned as much with nihilism as with metaphysics. It is a translation of...
Ratio: Vol. 28, No. 4, December 2015
Genericity as a Unitary Psychological Phenomenon: An Argument from Linguistic Diversity, JOHN COLLINS So-called generics are members of a diverse class of constructions that express generalizations that do not directly involve any precise cardinality...
Rockmore, Tom. Art and Truth after Plato
ROCKMORE, Tom. Art and Truth after Plato. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 335 pp. Cloth, $55.00--Does art tell us what is? Or who we are? Does it deliver truth about a mind-independent world or its own kind of truth? Can artworks make true...
Rosemont, Henry. against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family, and Religion
ROSEMONT, Henry. Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family, and Religion. Philosophy and Cultural Identity Series. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2015. xv + 190 pp. Cloth, $85.00--This work by an...
Rubini, Rocco. the Other Renaissance: Italian Humanism between Hegel and Heidegger
RUBINI, Rocco. The Other Renaissance: Italian Humanism between Hegel and Heidegger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. xx + 386 pp.--Renaissance scholars generally situate the origins of their field in a late nineteenth-century Germanic tradition...
Santayana, George. the Life of Reason: Reason in Art
SANTAYANA, George. The Life of Reason: Reason in Art. Critical edition: Edited by M. S. Wokeck and M. A. Coleman. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. lvi + 276 pp.--The Life of Reason is Volume VII, Book Four, of the Collected Works of George Santayana....
Sorabji, Richard. Moral Conscience through the Ages
SORABJI, Richard. Moral Conscience through the Ages. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. ix + 265 pp.--The story is told about an African official who, on receiving from St. Augustine the first three books of City of God, settled down to enjoy an...
Speculari Aude: The Platonic Path of Metaphysics in Dieter Henrich
HEINE'S IMAGE OF KANT as the all-destroying hammer of the metaphysicians has always been an over-simplification, for it was Kant himself who insisted that the metaphysical quest for unconditioned grounds would remain an undeniable interest of reason,...
Tacey, David. Religion as Metaphor: Beyond Literal Belief
TACEY, David. Religion as Metaphor: Beyond Literal Belief. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. 286 pp. Cloth, $49.95--The problem this book addresses is what Tacey (following James Hillman's lead) calls "literalism." Literalism refers...
Taipale, Joona. Phenomenology and Embodiment: Husserl and the Constitution of Subjectivity
TAIPALE, Joona. Phenomenology and Embodiment: Husserl and the Constitution of Subjectivity. Northwestern Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Evanston, 111.: Northwestern University Press, 2014. x + 243 pp.--Taipale's book, based on...
The Doctrine of the Analogy of Being in Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Healing
IN THIS ESSAY I EXPLICATE THE GENERAL CONTOURS of Avicenna's doctrine of the analogy of being as it is presented in his Aristotelian philosophical summa, the Book of Healing (Kitab as-Sifa'), which presents his own views on logic, natural philosophy,...
The Necessity and Limits of Kant's Transcendental Logic, with Reference to Nietzsche and Hegel
A RECENT CRITIQUE of analytic philosophy undertaken by one of its leading representatives, Peter Unger, (1) highlights the problem of whether or not the most common approaches in analytic philosophy--in ontology, epistemology, and ethics--are merely...
The One and the Many: The Ontology of Science in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas
TWO PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS of the University of Alberta, Thomas L. Spalding and Christina L. Gagne, have recently published an article on the nature of concepts in the works of Aristotle and Aquinas. (1) Their article's task, they emphasize, is...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 65, No. 261, October 2015
Moral Deference and Deference to an Epistemic Peer, CORY DAVIA and MICHELE PALMIRA Deference to experts is normal in many areas of inquiry, but suspicious in morality. This is puzzling if one thinks that morality is relevantly like those other areas...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 124, No. 3, July 2015
Can the Classical Logician Avoid the Revenge Paradoxes? ANDREW BACON Most work on the semantic paradoxes within classical logic has centered around what this essay calls "linguistic" accounts of the paradoxes: they attribute to sentences or utterances...
Veith, Jerome. Gadamer and the Transmission of History
VEITH, Jerome. Gadamer and the Transmission of History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. xiii + 219 pp.--"The past is finished," writes Veith in his introduction to the volume, "yet it is difficult to determine what kind of finality it...
Withy, Katherine. Heidegger on Being Uncanny
WITHY, Katherine. Heidegger on Being Uncanny. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015. 250 pp. Cloth, $45.00--Martin Heidegger is arguably the twentieth century's most influential philosopher and almost certainly its most controversial. Thus,...
Wood, Robert E.: Hegel's Introduction to the System: Encyclopaedia Phenomenology and Psychology
WOOD, Robert E. Hegel's Introduction to the System: Encyclopaedia Phenomenology and Psychology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. xi + 210 pp. Cloth, $60.00; paper, $24.95--This is a very fine introduction to Hegel's system of philosophy....
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