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. 2, Summer

"Appearing as Such" in Patocka's A-Subjective Phenomenology
According to Patocka, the problem of "appearing" defines the most original task of philosophy. Philosophy, he thinks, was born when this peculiar fact was revealed to men: that beings not only are, but more essentially appear. In other words, the original...
Charles Scott's the Lives of Things: A Conversation with the Author
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Note: On November 14, 2003, I had the privilege of addressing some questions to Charles Scott concerning his book The Lives of Things, published by Indiana University Press in 2002. Dennis Schmidt was...
Der Meistersinger: In Response to David Krell
At the time David Krell refers to in the "Grüß Gott" story I lived in the small village of Trachslau in Switzerland. The - should I say originan - story had to do, not with professional fame but with die spread of village news.' I diought the "Scott"...
Detotalization and Finitude
Emmanuel Levinas's phenomenological description ofthe face, or more exactly, facing, is one of the most original and important contributions of twentieth-century continental philosophy. A face is empirically given; I perceive the face of another. A face...
From Radical Hermeneutics to the Weakness of God: John D. Caputo in Dialogue with Mark Dooley
Over the course of three decades, the American thinker John Caputo has proved a catalytic presence in English-language "Continental" thought-through his teaching, his writings, his public discussions, his editorial work, and his conference organisation....
Individuation in Levinas and Heidegger: The One and the Incompleteness of Beings
Derrida's "Violence and Metaphysics" (1964) remains the most sustained encounter between Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger. In it, broadly speaking, Derrida criticises Levinas for attempting to access the other as a positive infinity rather than...
Modern Metaphysics, Dangerous Truth, Post-Moral Ethics: The Revealing Vision of Bernard Williams
So, what is the final word on the celebrated analytic philosopher Bernard William's final work, Truth and Truthfulness'} Is it, as The Economist contended in an otherwise admiring obituary, so obviously the "swan-song of a sick man" that reviewers "forbore...
Rawls and Ricoeur on Reconciling the Right and the Good: An Overlapping Consensus or an Ethical Aim?
In this essay I want to examine the challenge that Paul Ricoeur presents to John Rawls's prioritization of the right over the good in his concept of justice as fairness. Rawls believed that the conditions of a modern, pluralistic democracy necessitate...
Sartre's Philosophical Itinerary: A Psychoanalytic/feminist Interpretation
Sartre is famous for the conflictual, negative, violent, abstract Cartesian philosophy of the works of his early and middle years. In La Nausée, the protagonist is in complete disarray in front of the contingency of being. In L'Etre et le Néant, there...
The Trickster as Comic Hero: Falstaff and the Ethics of Chaotic Dissent
The debate still rages among critics regarding the relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hal in Shakespeare's Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2). Is Hal right to banish Falstaff when the former becomes King Henry V? Or is Falstaff the true hero of these plays?...