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. 4, June

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 90, No. 1, Winter 2016
Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy, JOHN G. BRUNGARDT In his early career, Charles De Koninck defended two theses: first, that natural philosophy (understood along Aristotelian-Thomistic lines) and the modern sciences...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 53, No. 2, April 2016
Know-wh Does Not Reduce to Know-That, KATALIN FARKAS Know-wh (knowing what, where, and so on) ascriptions are ubiquitous in many languages. One standard analysis of know-wh is this: someone knowswh just in case he knows that p, where p is an answer...
Announcements
General announcements from the 67th meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, held 18-20 March 2016, in Annapolis, Maryland: * Richard Velkley (Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University) has been elected Vice-President/President-elect....
Aquinas, Kant, and the Eclipse of Practical Reason
Contemporary debates on the nature and scope of practical reason are often framed in terms of the viewpoints of a few major figures in the history of philosophy. Whereas advocates of skeptical or procedural approaches to practical reason generally...
Aquinas, Thomas. De Unione Verbi Incarnati
AQUINAS, Thomas. De unione Verbi incarnati. Translation, Introduction, and Notes by Roger Nutt. Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, vol. 21. Leuven: Peeters, 2015. xi + 157 pp. Paper, $58.00--This book includes Roger Nutt's translation of Thomas...
Aristotle, the Pythagoreans, and Structural Realism
I Two basic QUESTIONS OF PHYSICS ARE: what is the world made of, and why do these constituents do the things they do? These two questions are closely related. If certain kinds of things are the ultimate constituents of the world, it can only be...
Carson, Thomas L.: Lincoln's Ethics
CARSON, Thomas L. Lincoln's Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 427 pp. Paper, $32.99--This is a fine-meshed book on Lincoln, very thoroughly researched, sparkling with hundreds of Lincoln's own sentences. It is mainly organized around...
Colombetti, Giovanna. the Feeling Body
COLOMBETTI, Giovanna. The Feeling Body. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014. xviii + 270 pp. Cloth, $42.00--It is tempting to locate our thoughts and feelings strictly inside our brains (as opposed to, say, the whole body or outside the body altogether)....
From Dreamland "Humanism" to Christian Political Reality or from Nusquama to Utopia
I More's New World It is a mark of great works of literature that we can learn much from them even if we know rather little about the exact circumstances of their composition. Nevertheless, if we want to understand what the author originally...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 56, No. 2, June 2016
The Status of Analytic Thinking in Tibetan Middle Way Philosophy, KENNETH LIBERMAN Although the scholars of the Tibetan plateau were not philosophers in a European sense, the Tibetan academies have spent a millennium addressing ways in which formal...
Johnson, Mark. Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science
JOHNSON, Mark. Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. xii + 261 pp. Cloth, $35.00; paper, $21.00--In the 1970s and 1980s, cognitive psychologists shattered...
Kosman, Aryeh. the Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle's Ontology
KOSMAN, Aryeh. The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle's Ontology. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013. xv + 277 pp. Cloth, $47.50--Kosman's The Activity of Being presents a careful and reflective reading of the central arguments...
Manent, Pierre. beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge
MANENT, Pierre. Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge. Translated by Ralph Hancock and Daniel J. Mahoney. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine's Press, 2016. 115 pp.--To say this is a timely...
McGinn, Colin. Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained
McGINN, Colin. Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. 232 pp. Cloth, $35.00--McGinn's book Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained systematically explicates the central arguments in ten classic...
McGinn, Colin. Prehension: The Hand and the Emergence of Humanity
McGINN, Colin. Prehension: The Hand and the Emergence of Humanity. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. ix + 208 pp. Cloth, $24.95--Evolutionary accounts of various phenotypes had a long history before Darwin's epic-making treatise of 1859. Ancient...
Mind: Vol. 125, No. 497, January 2016
Frege's 'On the Foundations of Geometry' and Axiomatic Metatheory, GUNTHER EDER In a series of articles dating from 1903 to 1906, Frege criticizes Hilbert's methodology of proving the independence and consistency of various fragments of Euclidean...
Murray, Andrew. Thinking about Political Things: An Aristotelian Approach to Pacific Life
MURRAY, Andrew. Thinking about Political Things: An Aristotelian Approach to Pacific Life. Adelaide: ATP Theology, 2016. xi + 193 pp.--"My purpose in writing this book was to express Aristotle's political thought in clear, non-technical language and...
Onnasch, Ernst-Otto and Ben Schomakers. Proclus: Theologische Grundlegung
ONNASCH, Ernst-Otto and Ben Schomakers. Proclus: Theologische Grundlegung. Hamburg: Meiner, 2015. 124 pp.--Proclus (410-485 C.E.) brought the Athenian academy to new heights in the fifth century C.E. by reinterpreting classical Greek thought in a Neoplatonic...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 92, No. 3, May 2016
Aqainst Strong Cognitivism: An Argument from the Particularity of Love, HILLA JACOBSON According to the view we may term strong cognitivism, all reasons for action are rooted in normative features that the motivated subject (explicitly or implicitly)...
Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 2, April 2016
A Vital Challenge to Materialism, JESSE M. MULDER Life poses a threat to materialism. To understand the phenomena of animate nature, we make use of a teleological form of explanation that is peculiar to biology, of explanations in terms of what...
Plantinga, Alvin. Knowledge and Christian Belief
PLANTINGA, Alvin. Knowledge and Christian Belief. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. 124 pp.--This small book is a shortened version of Plantinga's more extensive Warranted Christian Belief (2000), one of the classic texts of what...
Plotinus. Ennead V.1: On the Three Primary Levels of Reality
PLOTINUS. Ennead V.1: On the Three Primary Levels of Reality. Translated by Eric D. Perl. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2015. 224 pp. Paper, $42.00--Plotinus is one of the most recognizable philosophers of late antiquity (perhaps ranking only behind...
Ratio: Vol. 29, No. 2, June 2016
Vicious Regresses, Conceptual Analysis, and Strong Awareness Internalism, GREGORY STOUTENBURG That a philosophical thesis entails a vicious regress is commonly taken to be decisive evidence that the thesis is false. This paper argues that the existence...
Relative Unity in an Undone World: Paraconsistence and the Meaning of Being
Men die because they cannot join the beginning to the end. Alcmaeon of Croton I Intelligibility and its discontents. Many in contemporary philosophy are eager to distance themselves from the intellectual, moral, political, and theological...
The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 112, No. 10, October 2015
Logic as Metaphysics, NICK ZANGWILL This article defends logical realism. It begins by motivating the realist approach by underlining the difficulties for its main rival, inferentialism. The article then focuses on and and or, and delineates a realist...
The Monist: Vol. 99, No. 2, April 2016
Minimal Virtue, JULIA DRIVER Accounts of virtue can be divided along a continuum between the robust and the minimal. The more robust an account of virtue is, the more psychological requirements it places on the possession of virtue; the most minimal...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 66, No. 263, April 2016
Composition Is Identity and Mereological Nihilism, CLAUDIO CALOSI Composition is identity is the thesis that a whole is, strict and literally, its parts considered collectively. Mereological nihilism is the thesis that there are no composite objects...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 125, No. 2, April 2016
Substance and Independence in Descartes, ANAT SCHECHTMAN Descartes notoriously characterizes substance in two ways: first, as an ultimate subject of properties (that is, a subject in which properties inhere without itself inhering in anything);...
Trundle, Robert C.: Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology: A Thomistc Response to Iconic Anti-Realists in Science
TRUNDLE, Robert C. Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology: A Thomistc Response to Iconic Anti-Realists in Science. Value Inquiry Book Series: Philosophy and Religion, vol. 283. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2015. xxiii + 169 pp. Cloth, $63.00--In this...
Wahman, Jessica. Narrative Naturalism: An Alternative Framework for Philosophy of Mind
WAHMAN, Jessica. Narrative Naturalism: An Alternative Framework for Philosophy of Mind. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2015. xv + 191 pp. Cloth, $85.00--In the early twentieth century, George Santayana was the most prominent of the new American naturalist...
Wuerth, Julian. Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics
WUERTH, Julian. Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xvi + 349 pp. Cloth, $99.00--Julian Wuerth is associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, having received his B.A. from the University of Chicago...
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