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. 3, March

Anaximander and the Ordering of Time: Metaphysics Viewed from the Margins of History
Out of the Boundless [aperion] the World arises from whatever is the genesis of the things that are; into this [Boundless] they must pass away according to Necessity, for they must pay the penalty and make atonement to one another for their injustice...
Clark, Stephen R. L. Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice
CLARK, Stephen R. L. Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. xxi + 344 pp. Cloth, $55.00--This study is the fruit of Clark's project begun in 2004 with Panayiota Vassilopoulu to investigate...
Engelland, Chad. Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind
ENGELLAND, Chad. Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014. xxix + 305 pp. Cloth, $40.00--Although ostension is the primary title of this book, ostension is simply the phenomenon that unifies an extended...
Farin, Ingo and Jeff Malpas, Eds. Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks: 1931-1941
FARIN, Ingo and Jeff Malpas, eds. Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks: 1931-1941. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2016. xiv + 361pp. Cloth, $38.00--Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks: 1931-1941, a compilation of nineteen essays penned by various...
Flux-Gibberish: For and against Heraclitus
I This reflection is occasioned by an impression gleaned from Aristotle's Metaphysics. It is a not a reflection on Heraclitus in the mode of straightforward scholarly or philological study but one inspired by, companioned by, Heraclitus. In a companioning...
Frankfurt, Henry. on Inequality
FRANKFURT, Henry. On Inequality. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2015. xi + 102 pp. Cloth, $14.95--This is a small book consisting of two essays written in a relatively informal style. Each essay is broken into short chapters, which are...
Fried, Johannes. Charlemagne
FRIED, Johannes. Charlemagne. Translated by Peter Lewis. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. xi + 673 pp. Cloth, $39.95--Charlemagne was born in 748 on an estate somewhere between Paris and Compiegne. The son of Pepin the Short, he ruled...
Hacking, Ian. Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics at All
HACKING, Ian. Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xv + 290 pp. Cloth, $30.99--At first glance it would seem that the answer to the question posed in the title can be given in a sentence or two....
Hart, Ray L. God Being Nothing: Toward a Theogony
HART, Ray L. God Being Nothing: Toward a Theogony. Religion and Postmodernism. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. xii + 282 pp. Cloth, $45.00--God Being Nothing is no doubt a masterwork of postmodern theology, aiming to "end the conspiracy...
Heidegger, Martin. Being and Truth
HEIDEGGER, Martin. Being and Truth. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 236 pp. Paperback, $23.76.--The oracular air surrounding Martin Heidegger--not to mention the political controversy--lends interest to any new translation of his work....
Heidegger's Initial Interpretation of Parmenides: An Excursus in the 1922 Lectures on Aristotelian Texts
Das Gesprach mit Parmenides kommt nie zu Ende. (1) As Heidegger's thinking shifts in the early 1930s, he pays increasing attention to the Presocratics, commencing with his 1932 lectures, "The Beginning of Western Philosophy (Anaximander and Parmenides)."...
Heraclitus and the Possibility of Metaphysics
Aristotle claims that Heraclitus asserts the reality of contradictions. (1) Since Aristotle thinks a contradiction cannot be known and that metaphysics knows all things, the existence of contradictions would undermine the possibility metaphysics. Hence,...
Kekes, John. Human Predicaments and What to Do about Them
KEKES, John. Human Predicaments and What to Do About Them. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. xiii + 258 pp. Cloth, $40.00--In his latest book, John Kekes articulates a formula of sorts for how to cope with the complexities, conflicts,...
King, Richard H. Arendt in America
KING, Richard H. Arendt in America. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. vii + 411 pp. Cloth, $35.00--In Arendt and America, Richard H. King presents an expansively informative political examination of how immigrating to America affected...
Korab-Karpowicz, W. Julian. Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus
KORAB-KARPOWICZ, W. Julian. Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus. Kety: Marek Derewiecki, 2015. 239 pp.--In his new book Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus, Korab-Karpowicz returns to the classical tradition of Western political thought and argues that politics...
Manchester, Peter. Temporality and Trinity
MANCHESTER, Peter. Temporality and Trinity. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. Vii + 153pp. Cloth, $50.00--A very earnest student once collared me in the hallway to ask, "Don't you think that Christianity requires that we view the entire world...
Morgan, Michael L. Levinas's Ethical Politics
MORGAN, Michael L. Levinas's Ethical Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016. xix + 410 pp. Paper, $40.00--Michael Morgan's second book on Levinas supplements his first, Discovering Levinas (2007), by moving from ethics to politics, an...
Presocratics or First Philosophers?
Think how peculiar this appellation is: "Presocratics." A wild slew of thinkers--poetical, aphoristic, prosaic--condemned to be known as the precursors of a man who wrote nothing! Forerunners are, it seems, ipso facto inferior to the rightly anointed....
Rabbas, Oyvind, Eyjolfur K. Entilsson, Ilallvard Fossheim, and Miira Tuominen, Eds. the Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness
RABBAS, Oyvind, Eyjolfur K. Entilsson, Ilallvard Fossheim, and Miira Tuominen, eds. The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. ix + 307 pp. Cloth, $74.00--The Quest for the Good Life contains...
Rockmore, Tom. German Idealism as Constructivism
ROCKMORE, Tom. German Idealism as Constructivism. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. x + 203 pp. Cloth, $45.00--The jacket copy bills this volume as Tom Rockmore's "definitive statement on the debate about German idealism between proponents...
Roudinesco, Elizabeth. Freud: His Time and Ours
ROUDINESCO, Elizabeth. Freud: His Time and Ours. Translated by Catherine Porter. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. ix + 580 pp. Cloth, $35.00--The book lives up to its subtitle. If the book has any failing, it is that Elizabeth Roudinesco...
Santayana, George. the Life of Reason: Reason in Science
SANTAYANA, George. The Life of Reason: Reason in Science. The Works of George Santayana, Vol. 7. Edited by M. S. Wokeck and M. A. Coleman. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2016. lvi + 426 pp. Cloth, $68.00-Reaso n in Science is volume 5 of The Life...
Warnke, Georgia, Ed. Inheriting Gadamer: New Directions in Philosophical Hermeneutics
WARNKE, Georgia, ed. Inheriting Gadamer: New Directions in Philosophical Hermeneutics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 242 pp. Paper, $120.00--This collection of essays takes its impetus from the later writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer. The...
Wonder and the Discovery of Being: Homeric Myth and the Natural Genera of Early Greek Philosophy
Myth and philosophy are two different ways of knowing the same world. (1) Claude Levi-Strauss observed that human beings have always thought equally well; always changing is what humans think with. (2) Homer knew the category of being, but he thought...
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