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 Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2016
Recent Work on Naive Realism, JAMES GENONE Naive realism, often overlooked among philosophical theories of perception, has in recent years attracted a surge of interest. This essay distinguishes naive realism from related direct realist theories...
Aquinas on Testimonial Justification: Faith and Opinion
A FULL HUMAN LIFE IS IMPOSSIBLE without believing the testimony of others. Without such testimony we would be ignorant of almost all truths about history, geography, and the thoughts and feelings of others. Important practical decisions about what...
Aristotle on Parts of Time and Being in Time
I ARISTOTLE BEGINS HIS DISCUSSION of time in Physics 4.10 by presenting doubts and puzzles one might raise about its reality. The first puzzle turns on a familiar-sounding conflict between what look like some straightforward assumptions about time...
Badhwar, Neera. Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life
BADHWAR, Neera. Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. xi + 245 pp. Cloth, $69.00--It is difficult to write objectively about a book one agrees with to a very large extent: praise sounds too close to self-congratulation....
Beiser, Frederick C. the Genesis of Neo-Kantianism 1796-1880
BEISER, Frederick C. The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism 1796-1880. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xiii + 624 pp. Cloth, 75.00 [pounds sterling]--Neo-Kantianism began with an 1865 polemic entitled Kant und die Epigonen excoriating the metaphysical...
Bernstein, Jeffrey. Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History
BERNSTEIN, Jeffrey. Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History. New York: SUNY Press, 2015. xxix + 228 pp. Cloth, $85.00; paper, $24.95--Reading Leo Strauss can be an exciting experience. While it is true that Strauss does not appeal...
Christofidou, Andrea. Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics
CHRISTOFIDOU, Andrea. Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics. New York: Routledge, 2013. 269 pp. Cloth, $ 140.00--This book explores the main themes of Descartes's metaphysics, depicting them as the fruit of the will's struggle...
Crosby, Donald A. the Philosophy of William James: Radical Empiricism and Radical Materialism
CROSBY, Donald A. The Philosophy of William James: Radical Empiricism and Radical Materialism. Lanham, Md.: Roman & Littlefield, 2013. xiv + 167 pp.--The title of this book--The Philosophy of William James--accurately leads the reader to anticipate...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2015
In Defence of a Structural Account of Indirect Realism, MICHAEL SOLLBERGER Current orthodoxy in the philosophy of perception views indirect realism as misguided, wrongheaded, or simply outdated. The reasons for its pariah status are variegated....
Feser, Edward. Neo-Scholastic Essays
FESER, Edward. Neo-Scholastic Essays. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine's Press, 2015. viii + 415 pp. Paper, $26.00--This work is a compilation of three conference presentations, a blog post, and twelve previously published essays, dating from 2006 to...
Fink, Jakob Leth. Suarez on Aristotelian Causality
FINK, Jakob Leth. Suarez on Aristotelian Causality. Investigating Medieval Philosophy, vol. 9. Leiden: Brill, 2015. x + 172 pp.--Suarez's scholarship is in ascendency, and this volume, edited by Fink, is an excellent contribution to it. Unlike many...
Flage, Daniel E. Berkeley
FLAGE, Daniel E. Berkeley. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014. xii + 202 pp.--Responding to an invitation from the Polity Press, Daniel Flage has produced a well-researched, well-written volume on the life and work of George Berkeley for the publisher's...
Floridi, Luciano. the Ethics of Information
FLORIDI, Luciano. The Ethics of Information. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xxii + 353 pp. Cloth, $60.97; paper $35.00--In this groundbreaking work, Luciano Floridi builds the foundations of Information Ethics (IE) by arguing that an informational...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 55, No. 4, December 2015
Knowing Otherness: Martin Buber's Appropriation of Nicholas of Cusa, SARAH SCOTT Martin Buber wrote his 1904 dissertation on Nicholas of Cusa, but the relationship between the two has been little studied. This article focuses on four ways in which...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 54, No. 2, April 2016
Universality in Aristotle's Ethics, CARLO DAVIA This paper challenges the view that for Aristotle all judgments in ethics can hold true only for the most part. This paper makes three significant contributions to scholarship on Aristotle's ethics:...
Kierkegaard's Don Giovanni and the Seductions of the Inner Ear
Mine ears hast thou opened ... Psalm 40:6 I IT IS A BAD CASE OF THE DOUBLES. There was once a Spanish monk, who wrote for the theater under a pseudonym. His most famous work may or may not have been written by him at all, and it survives in two...
McAdams, Richard H. the Expressive Powers of Law: Theories and Limits
McADAMS, Richard H. The Expressive Powers of Law: Theories and Limits. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015. 322 pp. Cloth, $39.95--Why do people obey the law? One possible answer is exactly that law is an ordinance of reason, for the common...
Mozersky, M. Joshua. Time, Language, and Ontology: The World from the B-Theoretic Perspective
MOZERSKY, M. Joshua. Time, Language, and Ontology: The World from the B-Theoretic Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 193 pp. Cloth, $46.64--Time, Language, and Ontology offers an intriguing and novel account of the phenomena of time,...
Peterson, John. Mind, Truth, and Teleology: An Introduction to Scholastic Philosophy
PETERSON, John. Mind, Truth, and Teleology: An Introduction to Scholastic Philosophy. Heusenstamm: Editiones Scholasticae, 2015. 137 pp.--John Peterson has written a fine edition in which he largely expounds on and recommends a Thomistic understanding...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 92, No. 1, January 2016
Justified Belief: Knowledge First-Style, CHRISTOPH KELP Recent knowledge first epistemology features a number of different accounts of justified belief, including a knowledge first reductionism according to which to believe justifiably is to know,...
Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 1, January 2016
Truth, Sense and Assertion, G. E. M. ANSCOMBE Protagoras and his pupil Euthalos argued against one another in paradoxical fashion regarding the fulfilment of a contract. Protagoras was a Sophist, the first European inventors of logical puzzles who...
Phronesis: Vol. 61, No. 1, 2016
Aristotle on Becoming Virtuous by Doing Virtuous Actions, MARTA JIMENEZ Aristotle's claim that we become virtuous by doing virtuous actions raises a familiar problem: How can we perform virtuous actions unless we are already virtuous? This essay...
Ratio: Vol. 29, No. 1, March 2016
Back to Black, CLAUDIO CALOSI and ACHILLE C. VARZI This is a brief sequel to Max Black's classic dialogue on the identity of indiscernibles. Interlocutor A defends the bundle theory by endorsing the (by now popular) view according to which Black's...
Redner, Harry. the Tragedy of European Civilization: Towards an Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century
REDNER, Harry. The Tragedy of European Civilization: Towards an Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. xxiii + 257 pp.--This is a collection of essays each of which could have been turned into...
Royal, Robert. A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century
ROYAL, Robert. A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015. 619 pp.--It is hazardous to speak of a Catholic intellectual tradition. There are Augustinians, Thomists, Scotists, and...
Safranek, John P. the Myth of Liberalism
SAFRANEK, John P. The Myth of Liberalism. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015. xvii + 270 pp.--This is a timely volume by an author who is both a practicing physician and a philosopher. Drawing upon both his professional...
Sanford, Jonathan J. before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics
SANFORD, Jonathan J. Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015. 280 pp. Cloth, $65.00--In "Modern Moral Philosophy," G. E. M. Anscombe delivered a devastating critique of what...
Self-Determination in Logic and Reality
I FROM THE BEGINNINGS OF PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION, there has been widespread recognition that reason must be autonomous to think the truth and that philosophy must be the freest of all disciplines. (1) The freedom reason and philosophy must wield...
Seneca. Hardship and Happiness
SENECA. Hardship and Happiness. Translated by Elaine Fantham, Harry M. Hine, James Ker, and Gareth D. Williams. In The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, edited by Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum. Chicago: The University...
Sheehan, Thomas. Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift
SHEEHAN, Thomas. Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. xx + 349 pp. Cloth, $105.00; paper, $34.95--As the title suggests, Thomas Sheehan aims in his book to bring about a fundamental "paradigm" shift...
The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 112, No. 8, August 2015
"Atoms Exist" Is Probably True, and Other Facts That Should Not Comfort Scientific Realists, P. KYLE STANFORD Critics who use historical evidence to challenge scientific realism have deployed a perfectly natural argumentative strategy that has created...
The Monist: Vol. 98, No. 4, October 2015
The Political Philosophy of Trust and Distrust in Democracies and Beyond, PATTI TAMARA LENARD It is conventional to suggest that democratic states rely on widespread stores of trust among their populations. Representatives are elected on the basis...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 66, No. 262, January 2016
Non-Descriptive Negation for Normative Sentences, ANDREW ALWOOD Frege-Geach worries about embedding and composition have plagued metaethical theories like emotivism, prescriptivism, and expressivism. The sharpened point of such criticism has come...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 124, No. 4, October 2015
Inexpressible Ignorance, SHAMIK DASGUPTA Sometimes ignorance is inexpressible. Lewis recognized this when he argued, in "Ramseyan Humility," that we cannot know which property occupies which causal role. This peculiar state of ignorance arises in...
The Triplex Via of Naming God
IN A DELIGHTFUL SHORT STORY entitled "The Nine Billion Names of God," Arthur C. Clarke describes the task that the monks of a Tibetan monastery have set themselves, namely, to list all the possible names of God. This, they maintain, is the purpose...
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