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 Catholics Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 91, No. 2, Spring 2017
Essentially Ordered Series Reconsidered Once Again, GAVEN KERR, O.P. Many discussions of per se and per accidens series focus on efficient causality and how a consideration of the metaphysics of the matter can deliver us a primary efficient cause...
Bonum Nostrum: Thomas Aquinas and Love of Others for Their Own Sake
Thomas Aquinas understands love, in its most general and metaphysical sense, as a certain disposition of a subject by which the subject relates to something as good. (1) Because he conceives love in this way, he associates love with appetite: "love...
Eldridge, Richard. Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject
ELDRIDGE, Richard. Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. vii + 235 pp. Cloth, $65.00--In Images of History, Richard Eldridge suggests that despite their different commitments, both...
Ellis, George. How Can Physics Underlie the Mind: Top-Down Causation in the Human Context
ELLIS, George. How Can Physics Underlie the Mind: Top-Down Causation in the Human Context. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016. xxvi + 482 pp. Cloth, $59.99--Authored by 2004 Templeton Prize winner George F. R. Ellis, the book aims to identify those principles...
European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2017
Cryptononnative Judgments, ALEX WORSNIP A cryptonormative judgment, roughly speaking, is a judgment that is presented by the agent who makes it as nonnormative (either generally or in some particular respect), but that is in fact normative (either...
Everyone Desires the Good: Socrates' Protreptic Theory of Desire
What IS the FIRST PRINCIPLE of Socratic ethics? Socrates' oft-repeated contention that everyone desires the good is a reasonable candidate. For consider what its competitors might be. Socrates also believes that one ought to devote one's life to care...
Gallows Pole: Is Kant's Fact of Reason a Transcendental Argument?
I There are few tenets of rant's practical philosophy as obscure and as controversial as his argument in the Critique of Practical Reason that the moral law is valid as a fact of reason (Factum der Vernunft). In an inversion of his equally notorious...
Gaus, Gerald. the Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society
GAUS, Gerald. The Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2017. xxii + 289 pp. Cloth, $39.50--Gerald Gaus is the James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. This work...
Holub, Robert C. Nietzsche's Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism
HOLUB, Robert C. Nietzsche's Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. pp. xx + 271. Cloth, $35.00--Ostensibly, Robert Holub's provocative new work seeks to find middle ground between...
Inkpin, Andrew. Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language
INKPIN, Andrew. Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2016. xiv + 381 pp. Cloth, $43.00--Inkpin characterizes his approach to language as a "minimalist phenomenology." This approach makes no use of...
International Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 57, No. 2, June 2017
The Flexibility of Divine Simplicity: Aquinas, Scotus, Palamas, MARK K. SPENCER This paper argues that Thomas Aquinas's account of divine simplicity is compatible with the accounts of divine simplicity given by John Duns Scotus and Gregory Palamas....
Jankelevitch, Vladimir. the Bad Conscience
JANKELEVITCH, Vladimir. The Bad Conscience. Translated by Andrew Kelley. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. xxii + 179 pp. Cloth, $35.00--Jankelevitch's The Bad Conscience was initially published in 1933 as La mauvaise conscience, one...
Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 55, No. 3, July 2017
Aristotle and the Endoxic Method, CARLO DAVIA This paper challenges the Standard Account of the so-called endoxic method that Aristotle articulates in a well-known passage from book 7 of the Nicomachean Ethics. That account is problematic because...
Lewis, Peter J. Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics
LEWIS, Peter J. Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. xviii + 207 pp. Cloth, $99.00; paper, $35.00--Before describing what Peter J. Lewis actually does in this work, let me lay out...
Martin, Stuart B. Parmenides' Vison: A Study of Parmenides' Poem
MARTIN, Stuart B. Parmenides' Vison: A Study of Parmenides' Poem. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2016. vii + 299 pp. Cloth, $80.00--This study presents Parmenides as a "religious-mystical" teacher rather than the "rationalist" thinker more...
Mind: Vol. 126, No. 502, April 2017
Russellian Acquaintance and Frege's Puzzle, DONOVAN WISHON This paper argues that a number of recent Russell interpreters, including Evans, Davidson, Campbell, and Proops, mistakenly attribute to Russell the received view of acquaintance, that is,...
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Vol. 94, No. 3, May 2017
Intellectual Humility: Owning Our Limitations, DENNIS WHITCOMB, HEATHER BATTALY, JASON BAEHR, and DANIEL HOWARD-SNYDER K [not subset or equal to] E, ELIA ZARDINI In a series of very influential works, Tim Williamson has advanced and defended...
Philosophy: Vol. 92, No. 2, April 2017
The Lures of Akrasia, AMELIE OKSENBERG RORTY There is more to akrasia than meets the eye. It can occur in speech and perception, cognitively and emotionally, as well as between decision and action. But because it is over-determined and because it...
Scruton, Roger. on Human Nature
SCRUTON, Roger. On Human Nature. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2017. 151 pp. Cloth, $22.95--This book consists of three lectures that Roger Scruton gave as the Charles E. Test Memorial Lectures under the auspices of the James Madison...
Sevier, Christopher. Aquinas on Beauty
SEVIER, Christopher. Aquinas on Beauty. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2015. xi + 226 pp. Cloth, $85.00--While there have been several books on Thomas Aquinas's aesthetics--most notably those of Umberto Eco, Francis Kovach, and more recently Kevin O'Reilly--it...
Skorin-Kapov, Jadranka. the Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics: Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity
SKORIN-KAPOV, Jadranka. The Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics: Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2016. 236 pp. Cloth, $85.00--Rather than simply showing that aesthetics and ethics have some overlap or...
The Monist: Vol. 100, No. 2, April 2017
Is Everything a Set? Quine and (Hyper)Pythagoreanism, GARY KEMP Every student of Quine knows that his ontology consists in physical objects plus the entities required by mathematics, that is, sets or classes. He came to this view after trying out...
The Now as Number, Point, and Limit: Reconsidering Heidegger's Verdict on Aristotle's Concept of Time
In his early work, Heidegger devoted considerable space to a critical assessment of Aristotle's philosophy, taking as his negative point of departure the tradition of scholasticism, which in his view had completely failed to see the phenomenological...
The Philosophical Review: Vol. 126, No. 2, April 2017
Kant's Conception of Number, DANIEL SUTHERLAND Despite the importance of Kant's claims about mathematical cognition for his philosophy as a whole and for subsequent philosophy of mathematics, there is still no consensus on his philosophy of arithmetic,...
The Primacy of the Organism: Being, Unity, and Diversification in Aristotle's Metaphysics
I THE QUESTION OF DIVERSIFICATION AND THE MAINSTREAM VIEWS. In virtue of what, for Aristotle, is a given member of a species numerically distinct from another member of that species? The question of what diversifies members of the same species has...
Verene, Donald Phillip. Vico's "New Science": A Philosophical Commentary
VERENE, Donald Phillip. Vico's "New Science": A Philosophical Commentary. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2015. xxi + 284 pp. Cloth, $59.95--Having had the opportunity to see this work in manuscript, it is a pleasure now to read it in print....
Warner, John M. Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations
WARNER, John M. Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations. University Park, Penn.: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015. ix + 255 pp. Cloth, $79.95--This engaging and well-written work provides a thoughtful study for scholars who want to...
Wood, Robert. the Beautiful, the True, & the Good: Studies in the History of Thought
WOOD, Robert. The Beautiful, the True, & the Good: Studies in the History of Thought. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of American Press, 2015. xxxii + 474 pp. Cloth, $65.00--Robert Wood, who has spent nearly a half century thoughtfully...
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