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. 41, 1997

An Ethic of Accompanying the Dying: Reflections on the Work of Alphonso Lingis
Of rational death.-What is more rational, to stop the machine when the work one demands of it has been completed or to let it run on until it stops of its own accord, that is to say until it is ruined? . . .-The wise regulation and disposal of death...
Distinguising between Legal and Moral Norms: A Central Problem in Habermas's between Facts and Norms
Criticizing Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer in The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Habermas noted that "the Dialectic of Enlightenment does not do justice to the rational content of cultural modernity."' This rational content includes, Habermas...
Ethics at the Limit of Reason: Ricoeur and Deconstruction
The manner in which deconstruction has recently articulated itself as a philosophy of limit opens discussion as to the broader question of the nature and extent of any philosophy today at the limit of reason. Turning to this broader context and repeating...
Fluidizing the Mirror: Feminism and Identity through Kristeva's Looking-Glass
Then she began looking about, and noticed that what could be seen from the old room was quite common and uninteresting, but that all the rest was as different as possible. -Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass When Tweedledum and Tweedledee inform...
Hermeneutics between Gadamer and Heidegger
How does Gadamer's hermeneutics stand in relation to the work of Heidegger? The answer to this question does not appear to be complicated in the least, since Gadamer himself, in a number of his texts, has been quite explicit about the connection of his...
Holocaust Child: Reflections on the Banality of Evil
Someday, if there is a someday, we will have to learn that evil thinks of itself as good, that it could not have made such progress in the world unless people planned and performed it in all conscience. Stanley Cavell, Must We Mean What We Say According...
Levinas's Critical and Hypocritical Diction
1. Holy "Humanism" Toward the end of his life Levinas was apt to say that throughout it what his thinking had been most concerned with was the holy, the saint. Heidegger too could have said this of his own thinking. However, Levinas equates Heidegger's...
Maternal Bodies and Nationalisms
Mothering, in its radically multifarious forms, is central for the cultural reproduction of societies. As such, mothering activities convey values and create identities that are rooted in the specific politics of societies whether they be the politics...
Memory, Pictoriality, and Mystery: (Re)viewing Husserl Via Magritte and Escher
Section 100 of Edmund Husserl's Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy ends with an allusion to Tenier's painting of a gallery of paintings. Husserl playfully recalls or is "namingly reminded" that this very painting...
Method and Materiality in the Phenomenology of Intersubjectivity
The phenomenology of intersubjectivity is well-trod terrain, often seeming to be a deeply worn rut that leads any steps entering it to move over and over again through the same concepts and texts in a closed field where little real progress is made....
On Castration and Miscegenation: Is the Phallus White Skin?
In Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (1995), Lewis Gordon offers a sustained analysis of antiblack racism in phenomenological or, more specifically, Sartrean terms.1 Part III of Bad Faith advances a critique of the metaphysics of presence; Gordon exposes...
Principles, Mediations, and the "Good" as Synthesis (from "Discourse Ethics" to "Ethics of Liberation")
In 1973, Karl-Otto Apel published in Frankfurt his work Transformation of Philosophy.' The same year, in Buenos Aires, appeared the first two volumes of my work Toward an Ethics of Latin American Liberation. Two weeks after the "fall of the Berlin Wall,"...
Structure or Sentiment? Habermas, Hegel, and the Conditions of Solidarity
Jurgen Habermas prefaces his recently published philosophy of law, Faktizitat und Geltung,' by announcing that he will make virtually no reference to Hegel. This acknowledgement is curious, for while Habermas in fact makes scarcely any reference to Hegel,...
The Disqualification of Intentionality: The Gift in Derrida, Levinas, and Michel Henry
After metaphysics came to an end-positively in Hegel, negatively in Nietzsche -it was phenomenology that inspired a new beginning of philosophy. For better of worse, this fact cannot be denied. Phenomenology initiated this new beginning by laying bare...
The Figure of (Self)-Sacrifice in Hegel's Naturphilosophie
The poem with which we open is one of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's lesser known literary efforts. It has none of the poignancy of Eleusis, dedicated to Friedrich Holderlin, nor the innocence of some of the more lyrical nature poems. One of Hegel's...
The Impossible Has Already Occurred: Derrida and Negative Theology
In 1992, Jacques Derrida published a piece, entitled "Post-Scriptum: Aporias, Ways and Voices," on the subject of apophatic or negative theology, in response to a collection of papers on the relationship between negative theology and Derrida's work.'...
The Normative Claims of Three Types of Feminist Struggles for Recognition
If we start from a notion of critical theory as "the self-clarification of the struggles and wishes of the age" (as Marx put it), then we seem today to face an irony of intellectual history. For feminist thought of all types has hewed more closely to...
Traumatic Response: Levinas's Legacy
Between November 1975 and May 1976, Emmanuel Levinas presented a lecture course under the title "La Mort et le Temps."1 Alongside a course on "God and Onto-theology," presented during the same period (indeed on the same days, an hour apart from one another),...
Writing/reading Selves, Writing/reading Race
For several years now, feminist theory and philosophy have been faced with criticisms from African American feminists for not taking race sufficiently into account in discussions of women's issues. This criticism was embroiled in the recent controversies...
Zuspiel and Entscheidung: A Reading of Sections 81-82 in Die Beitrage Zur Philosophie
The first issue of Die Beitrage is the question of how to read the book. In it, Heidegger is writing for himself as he reworks the language and conceptuality of Being and Time. His explorations arise in part out of his discouragement over interpretations...