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. 51, No. 3, Fall

A Critique of Simone De Beauvoir's Existential Ethics
Simone de Beauvoir's ethics is very complex. In The Ethics of Ambiguity (1948), her notions of "ambiguity," "disclosure," "natural freedom," "ethical freedom"-taking their departures from Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre-intertwine...
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Committed Perception: Merleau-Ponty, Carroll, and Iranian Cinema
My goal in this essay is to explore how viewers perceive and connect with performing art. Aristotle framed this issue by arguing that the spectator identifies with stage artist's emotions. This question is now widely debated in philosophy of film. Among...
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Heidegger's Etymological Method: Discovering Being by Recovering the Richness of the Word
ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.)The role of etymology in Heidegger's thinking is curiously under-studied. In the English-language Heidegger literature, there are currently no book-length studies devoted...
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Innocence, Perversion, and Abu Ghraib
In the 2005 Hollywood blockbuster, Mr. & Mrs. Smith-which generated more off-screen heat in the tabloids man on-Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play a couple, John and Jane Smith, whose marriage has lost its spark after only "five or six" years and...
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Martin Heidegger and Rudolf Carnap: Radical Phenomenology, Logical Positivism, and the Roots of the Continental/analytic Divide
It would be too simple to assert that the root of the "Continental/Analytic divide" grew out from the "dispute" between Heidegger and Carnap. There are other, earlier candidates for this "divide" through which significant topoi separated off into differing...
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On Giving Hegel His Due: The "End of History" and the Hegelian Roots of Postmodern Thought
It has been Hegel's ironic fate to have been, at once, both greatly overestimated and seriously underestimated. On the one hand, the figure of Hegel has been fantastically inflated into something like an Oedipal "father" whose children must slay him...
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"Ours Is Not a Terrible Situation"
Dorothea von Moltke: It is truly a great pleasure to be able to introduce Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley, eminent philosophers both and both with a host of crucial works, which I will not attempt to catalog here. Suffice it to say that-in and through...
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Representation and Poiesis: The Imagination in the Later Heidegger
Those who have studied Heidegger's relationship to Kant are familiar with his ontological broadening of the significance of the imagination (Einbildung, Einbildungskraft). But what about Heidegger's view of the imagination in his later works from the...
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Thoughts in Potentiality: Provisional Reflections on Agamben's Understanding of Potentiality and Its Relevance for Theology and Politics
ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.)This essay has a twofold purpose. First, it presents an interpretive account of Giorgio Agamben's understanding of potentiality, and, second, it is an appreciative critique...
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Two Notions of Objectification
This essay aims to compare two notions of objectification: on the one hand, Buber's distinction between I-thou relations (which he models on the appropriate treatment of humans) and I-it relations (which he models on the treatment of objects),1 and on...
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