Philosophy Today

Founded in 1957, Philosophy Today is a quarterly magazine published by DePaul University. The magazine has a circulation of over 1,000 readers and specializes in information on contemporary philosophy and philosophers. The Editor of the magazine is David W. Pellauer.

Articles from Vol. 45, 2001

Abject Images: Kristeva, Art, and the Third Cinema
If it is true that all fantasies are structured analogously and return to unconscious fantasy, then you understand that the whole life of the subject appears to be modeled on the "fantasmatic." (RI, 124) Without the horror of the feminine the power of...
Editors' Introduction
This 2001 Supplement to Philosophy Today contains Volume 28 of Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. The essays in this Volume are selected from the program of the fortieth annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential...
Equality and Democratic Societies
Why should I surrender my private liberties and rights to collective interests? This question has long been fundamental to political thought, particularly since the Enlightenment. Any just political order must in some way manage tensions between members'...
"For Love Is as Strong as Death"
Taking Another Look at Levinas on Love Set me as a seal upon your heart. For love is as strong as death. Shir Hashirim [Song of Songs] In "Questions to Emmanuel Levinas," Luce Irigaray criticizes Emmanuel Levinas's conception of love by claiming that...
Frantz Fanon's Phenomenology of Black Mind: Sources, Critique, Dialectic
One may, no doubt, expect that given the title of my essay, my intention is to present something of an overview of the thought of Frantz Fanon. As the title would suggest, Fanon's 1952 Black Skin, White Masks is the specific object of such a description,...
Hegel and Nietzsche: Recognition and Master/slave
One of Hegel's main contributions to critical theory is his concept of recognition and the related concepts of master and slave. For these have become central to any account of oppression, marginal ization, and communicative freedom or liberation. Hegel's...
Husserl's Phenomenologization of Hume: Reflections on Husserl's Method of Epoche
Historically speaking, it is not entirely clear where the roots of Husserl's method lie buried. In this essay I argue that at least in part, Husserl's method grew out of a conscious attempt to avoid the logical absurdities that plague Hume's epistemology....
Justice and Action in Otherwise Than Being
Are we not at this very moment in the process of barring the issue that our whole essay attempts, and of encircling our position from all sides? (OB, 169). One of the most provocative aspects of the work of Emmanuel Levinas, for many readers, seems to...
Merleau-Ponty and Bergson: Bodies of Expression and Temporalities in the Flesh
The attempt to address the question of difference, within and between bodies, becomes an important theme in Merleau-- Ponty's work at the time of The Visible and the Invisible.1 Already in the Phenomenology of Perception, there are indices pointing to...
Nietzschean Agonism and the Subject of Radical Democracy
"A democratic society," Ernesto Laclau writes, "is not one in which the 'best' content dominates unchallenged but rather one in which nothing is definitely acquired and there is always the possibility of challenge." Laclau goes on to note that "the danger...
Phenomenological Literature: From the Natural Attitude to "Recognition"
The element which makes up the life of phenomenology ... is "fiction." Edmund Husserl, Ideas I In this essay I aim to discuss a few writers of phenomenological literature as seen in the wake of Husserlian phenomenology, and to summon a response from...
The Enigma of the Natural in Luce Irigaray
Here, I want to take seriously the space that the text The Forgetting of Air1 holds in relation to the others in the Irigarayan corpus. Irigaray herself has emphasized the continuity that the text bears in relation to her later work,2 but Forgetting...
The Ethics of Air: Technology and the Question of Sexual Difference
For Luce Irigaray, the emergence of the scientific-technological-industrial worldview in late modern society is marked by an ever-pressing need to address the possibility of an ethics, specifically an ethics of sexual difference. For Irigaray, the articulation...
The Horror of Language: Irigaray and Heidegger
ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted. He is a professional. He has read at least ten poems a day for sixty years-that's 220,000 poems and probably a lot more. Not one of them was about breathing. Hayden Carruth Luce Irigaray's work...
The Role of Aesthetics in the Politics of Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt's work is often interpreted as promoting an aesthetic form of politics. For Arendt, political action discloses who someone is in words and deeds, and reveals her unique character. Because political actions disclose the uniqueness of the...
Tradition, Crisis, and the Work of Art in Benjamin and Heidegger
Tradition, in the popular imaginary, refers to the cultural practices, rituals, artifacts, symbols, emblems, narratives, etc., that individuals both instantiate and appropriate within their own experience, through which they become insinuated within...
Visibility and History: Giorgio Agamben and the Exemplary
(Proquest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted.) In the third chapter of The Coming Community, Giorgio Agamben turns his attention to the "example" insofar as it stands in relation to "the antinomy of the individual and the universal" that...
Why Heidegger's Hermeneutics Is Not a "Diahermeneutics"
ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign Text Omitted Are hermeneutics and dialectic to be seen as mutually exclusive opposites and is it really so completely wrong to speak of a dialectic in Heidegger, though admittedly one of a different sort from...
"With Arms Wide Open": Of Hospitality and the Most Intimate Stranger
The arrangement of furniture in space provides pathways for habits-the reading lamp placed just here, the television just here, the particular spices on the rack placed just so in relation to this person's taste and cooking habits. Iris Marion Young...