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. 70, No. 1, September

American Catholic Philosophical: Quarterly Vol. 90, No. 3, Summer 2016
The Problem, of Divine Hiddenness: Is the Devil in the Details? TRAVIS DUMSDAY The problem of divine hiddenness is, along with the problem of evil, one of the two principal arguments for atheism in the current literature. Very roughly: If God really...
American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 53, No. 3, July 2016
Special Relativity, Multiple B-series, and the Passage of Time, KATHERINE FAZEKAS B-theorists frequently argue that the A-theoretic views are incompatible with the Special Theory of Relativity (STR) and that this is a problem for the A-theoretic...
Bowler, Peter. Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin
BOWLER, Peter. Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. 318 pp. Cloth, $22.89-It's a dark and stormy night in December 1832, and on the deck of the HMS Beagle a young Charles Darwin retches....
Celenza, Christopher S.: Machiavelli: A Portrait
CELENZA, Christopher S. Machiavelli: A Portrait. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015. 240 pp.--Celenza's Machiavelli is a lively biography of "the man and his world" in Renaissance Florence, and our author is concerned to emphasize that...
Doctoral Dissertations: Survey of Graduate Programs 2015-2016
University of Alberta (30) (30) (17) NICOLAS BULLOT, "Tracking and Controlling Persons: Identification for Control in Cognitive Behaviours and Cultural Practices." Adviser: Robert Wilson. JUAN SAMUEL SANTOS CASTRO, "The Historical Convergence...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2016
Quantifying Inner Experience? Kant's Mathematical Principles in the Context of Empirical Psychology, KATHARIAN TERESA This paper shows why Kant's critique of empirical psychology should not be read as a scathing criticism of quantitative scientific...
George, Alexander. the Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles
GEORGE, Alexander. The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. xiv + 98 pp. Cloth, $24.95--Alexander George presents an intriguing examination of David Hume's discussion of miracles. In addition to a careful...
"... Going Further on Down the Road ..." the Origin and Foundations of Milesian Thought
Then they turned to political matters and invented laws and all the things that bring cities together, and such thought, in turn, they called wisdom. For of such a sort were the seven wise men, who discovered certain political virtues. Then, going...
Graziano, Michael S. A.: Consciousness and the Social Brain
GRAZIANO, Michael S. A. Consciousness and the Social Brain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 268 pp.--In the opening pages of this book the author tells his readers, "I propose a theory of consciousness that I hope is unlike most previous theories."...
Hanley, Ryan Patrick, Editor. Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy
HANLEY, Ryan Patrick, editor. Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. 600 pp. Cloth, $45.00--Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy comprises thirty-two essays on the thought of Adam Smith from...
Hassing, Richard. Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man: On Descartes' Passions of the Soul
HASSING, Richard. Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man: On Descartes' Passions of the Soul. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2015. xvi + 229 pp. Cloth, $90.00--Richard Hassing's monograph is to my knowledge the first full-length study of...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 56, No. 3, June 2016
The Goodness of Pleasure in Plato's Philebus', JAMES WOOD This paper takes a nuanced stance against an intellectualist position that is strong in the literature on the Philebus by arguing that pleasure's goodness is inherent but not independent....
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 54, No. 3, July 2016
Philoponus on the Priority of Substance, RIIN SIRKEL One of the issues that deeply interested the philosophers of late antiquity, the ancient Greek commentators, concerns the priority of substances. While questions concerning ontological priority...
Judson, Peter M.: The Hapsburg Empire: A New History
JUDSON, Peter M. The Hapsburg Empire: A New History. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press at The Harvard University Press, 2016. xiii + 367 pp.--The book takes as its subject the Hapsburg Empire (1770-1918), known in its various stages as the Holy Roman...
Love of the Good as the Cure for Spiritedness in Plato's Republic
A standard objection to Platonism is that its teaching about the good denigrates particular goods. So, for instance, Martha Nussbaum argues that Plato's notion of the good devalues human goods. (1) In a similar vein Nietzsche and some of his followers...
Malik, Charles. the Systems of Whitehead's Metaphysics
MALIK, Charles. The Systems of Whitehead's Metaphysics. Edited by Habib Malik and Tony E. Nasrallah. Zouq Mosbeh, Lebanon: Notre Dame Louaize, 2016. 436 pp.--In the summer of 1937, having just received his doctorate at Harvard University under the...
Maloney, Thomas S.: Lambert of Auxerre: Logica, or Summa Lamberti
MALONEY, Thomas S. Lambert of Auxerre: Logica, or Summa Lamberti. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. xiii + 442 pp.-This translation and critical edition of the Summa Lamberti opens up this central text on Logic from the Dominican...
Marenbon, John. Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz
MARENBON, John. Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2015. xi + 354 pp. Cloth, $35.00--Marenbon writes about Christian views on pagan knowledge, pagan virtue, and pagan...
McGreevy, John T.: American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global
McGREEVY, John T. American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. vii + 315 pp.--Dissolved as a religious order by pope Clement in 1773, the Society...
Mensch, James R.: Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on "Totality and Infinity."
MENSCH, James R. Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on "Totality and Infinity." Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2015. xiii + 229 pp. Paper, $27.95--James Mensch helps us to read Levinas as Levinas himself preferred. Whether...
Mind: Vol. 125, No. 499, July 2016
Advanced Modalizing Problems, MARK JAGO The author presents an internal problem for David Lewis's genuine modal realism. His aim is to show that his analysis of modality is inconsistent with his metaphysics. He considers several ways of modifying...
Novotny, Daniel D.: Ens Rationis from Suarez to Caramuel: A Study in Scholasticism of the Baroque Era
NOVOTNY, Daniel D. Ens rationis from Suarez to Caramuel: A Study in Scholasticism of the Baroque Era. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. xvii + 296 pp. Cloth, $75.00--Daniel Novotny's Ens Rationis from Suarez to Caramuel provides a lucid outline...
On the Primacy of the Spectator in Kant's Account of Genius
In [section]46 of his Critique of the Power of Judgment, Kant defines genius as "the inborn predisposition of the mind through which nature gives the rule to art," and he argues that "beautiful art is possible only as a product of genius." (1) Kant...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 93, No. 1, July 2016
Physicalism Requires Functionalism: A New Formulation and Defense of the Via Negativa, JUSTIN TIEHEN How should "the physical" be defined for the purpose of formulating physicalism? In this paper the author defends a version of the via negativa...
Philosophy: Vol. 91, No. 3, July 2016
Religion, Society and Secular Values, WILLIAM CHARLTON Our paradigm for religion is Christianity, which appeared as a subsociety, the culture of which differed both from Jewish culture and from that of the Greeks and Romans. Human beings are essentially...
Phronesis: Vol. 61, No. 3, 2016
The Ontology of the Secret Doctrine in Plato's 'Theaetetus', CHRISTOPHER BUCKELS The paper offers an interpretation of a disputed portion of Plato's Theaetetus that is often called the "Secret Doctrine." It argues that the Secret Doctrine is a process...
Polanyi, Michael. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy
POLANYI, Michael. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy, Enlarged Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. xxviii + 428 pp.--This is an old book, first published in 1958 but still relevant, that the University of Chicago...
Professors Entering Retirement in 2015-2016
PROFESSORS ENTERING RETIREMENT IN 2015-2016 KARL AMERIKS June 2016 University of Notre Dame ROGER T. AMES August 2016 University of Hawaii TOM BEAUCHAMP June 2016 Georgetown...
Rational Inconsistency
In contemporary philosophy of science attention is directed at the problem of characterizing the sort of qualified acceptance which is warranted when a body of theory is seen to be inconsistent. In the subdisciplinary silo of epistemology, on the other...
Ratio: Vol. 29, No. 3, September 2016
Is Dispositional Causation Just Mutual Manifestation? CHRISTOPHER J. AUSTIN Dispositional properties are often referred to as "causal powers," but what does dispositional causation amount to? Any viable theory must account for two fundamental aspects...
Sanday, Eric. A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides
SANDAY, Eric. A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2015. x + 228 pp. Cloth, $79.95--Plato's Parmenides fascinates and frustrates its readers. The youthful Socrates challenges the august Zeno, offering...
Svoboda, David. Aquinas on One and Many
SVOBODA, David. Aquinas on One and Many. Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, Germany: Editiones Scholasticae, 2016. 156 pp. Cloth, $67.95--David Svoboda addresses Thomas Aquinas's metaphysical considerations of unity and multiplicity. The main goal of the work...
The Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 66, No. 264, July 2016
The Essential Indexicality of Intentional Action, MATTHEW BABB Cappelen and Dever challenge the widely accepted idea that some key aspect of intentional action is essentially indexical. They argue that the classical arguments for this coming from...
The Rationalization Explanation
The Stoics thought that once human beings become rational, (1) they immediately form false beliefs about what is good and what is bad. (2) There are no exceptions. Even the sage once had false beliefs about the value of things. (3) The dispute among...
Tillman, Mary Katherine. John Henry Newman: Man of Letters
TILLMAN, Mary Katherine. John Henry Newman: Man of Letters. Marquette Studies in Philosophy. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2015. 353 pp. Paper, $29.00--In this book, Mary Katherine Tillman brings together twenty essays that she has written...
Tombs, Robert. the English and Their History
TOMBS, Robert. The English and Their History. London: Penguin, Random House, 2015. xii + 1012 pp.--Robert Tombs is a distinguished professor of French history at Cambridge University. He is an Englishman with Irish connections who has spent most of...
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