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. 50, 2006

A Mêlée without Sacrifice: Nancy's Ontology of Offering against Derrida's Politics of Sacrifice
In this essay I want to explore a certain community of writing, namely the one between Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy. The ongoing dialogue between the two on the subject of community has left in their writings only traces (with the exception of...
A Wave in the Stream of Chaos: Life beyond the Body in Heidegger's Nietzsche
Life beyond the body? It should go without saying that the word "beyond" is here not meant to indicate some problematic transcendence of the body that would lead us to a disembodied realm of life, in good Cartesian fashion, such as the "life of the mind,"...
Back of Beyond: Anxiety and the Birth of the Future
The trauma remains traumatizing and incurable because it comes from the future. For the virtual can also traumatize. Trauma takes places when one is wounded by a wound that has not yet taken place, in an effective fashion, in a way other than by the...
Deleuze Becoming Nietzsche Becoming Spinoza Becoming Deleuze: Toward a Politics of Immanence
Must everything that one has to combat, that one has to keep within bounds or on occasion banish totally from one's mind, always have to be called evil! Is it not the way of common souls always to think an enemy must be evil!Nietzsche, Daybreak, Section...
Editors' Introduction
In October 2005, more than 500 philosophers and scholars-primarily North American, but also from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa-gathered in Salt Lake City for the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)....
Encounters Possible and Impossible: Derrida and Butler on Mourning
In this essay I want to reflect on the issue of mourning and melancholia in Derrida's and Butler's work. I am interested in the question of mourning because it is one of those dense spots where an in-depth encounter between Derrida and feminist philosophers...
From Practices of the Self to Politics: Foucault and Friendship
This essay aims to serve as an intervention in the longstanding controversy about the political usefulness of Foucault's work. As I have argued elsewhere, this debate privileges Foucault's early and middle work and either ignores his later work or trivializes...
Genocide and the Politics of Identity: Rwanda through the Lens of Adorno
In his "Meditations on Metaphysics," Adorno exhorts us not to believe we can comprehend genocide as a learning experience of the species, and thereby derive some facile sense out of the victims' suffering.' The genocide in Rwanda eludes our comprehension,...
Humean and Kantian Influences on Husserl's Later Ethics
Edmund Husserl's writings on moral philosophy have received relatively little attention in the scholarly literature. Nevertheless, those scholars who have written on Husserl's moral philosophy have distinguished between his early or "pre-war" ethics...
Intersubjectivity, Responsibility, and Reason: Levinas and the "New Husserl"
Levinas scholars frequently seem unable to read Husserl in a charitable manner, regarding his work as merely a foil for Levinas's project, merely an example of Western philosophy's bad habits. So, for example, Husserl is accused of thinking that "the...
Law, Right, and Forgiveness: The Remains of Antigone in the Phenomenology of Spirit
In Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, the identification of the singular individual with the universal is initially expressed by means of the concepts of law and right. Developed by Hegel in ethical life and state of right,' law and right enable a particular...
Madness and Politeia: Aesthetic Disruption in Foucault and Plato
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)To men I am still the mean between a fool and a corpse.Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 121No longer a ship but a hospital.Madness and Civilization, 35In the Preface to Madness and Civilization,...
On Heidegger, the Greeks, and Us: Once More on the Relation of Praxis and Theoria
This essay ideally follows and complements a study of mine on Heidegger's Beitrdge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis), focusing in particular on the relation to ancient Greek thought in the movement from the first to the other beginning.1 Here, I return...
Prisons, Torture, Race: On Angela Y. Davis's Abolitionism
Angela Y. Davis is known by many as the face on t-shirts metonymically, and iconically through her afro, standing in for a whole oppositional and generational attitude. Some even remember her as one of the top ten enemies of the state, hunted by FBI...
Psychoanalysis And/as Philosophy? the Anthropological Significance of Pathology in Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality and in the Psychoanalytic Tradition
What is the challenge which psychoanalysis poses to philosophy? Traditionally the assumption is made that psychoanalysis needs philosophy to provide its foundation. MerleauPonty, for example, was of the opinion that psychoanalysis contains an implicit...
Questioning Freedom in the Later Work of Derrida
"What must be thought," Derrida writes in the closing pages of Voyous, "is this inconceivable and unknowable thing, a freedom that would no longer be the power of a subject, a freedom without autonomy, a heteronomy without servitude, in short, something...
Sartre and the Virtual: A Deleuzian Interpretation of the Transcendence of the Ego
When Deleuze wishes to provide a critique of the transcendental ego, it is Sartre's early essay, The Transcendence of the Ego, that he turns to in order to justify his move to a conception of the transcendental free from subjective notions. The aim of...
Sartre as Philosopher of the Imagination
The same insufficiency enables man to form images and prevents him from creating being.Saint GenetSartre is primarily a philosopher of the imagination. In a sense, this is scarcely news. His diplôme d'études supérieures written in 1927 was entitled "L...
Sartre's Response to Merleau-Ponty's Charge of Subjectivism
Sartre's philosophy is widely held to represent the very epitome of subjectivism in the twentieth century and his detractors, by smearing him with the Cartesian label, have tried to present him as passé. One need only think of Claude Lévi-Strauss's description...
The Ontological Priority of Spirit over Nature: Husserl's Refutation of Psychophysical Parallelism in Ideas II
The greater part of Edmund Husserl's Ideas II is a regional ontology explicating, in order, the regions of material nature, animal nature, and the spiritual world that in good detail defines them individually, distinguishes them from each other, and...
The Resistance to Interpretation
In the third chapter of his New Introductory Lectures (1932), Freud reminds his "audience"' that the "starting-point [Ausgangspunkt]" of psychoanalysis-which, as he says, has not been a matter of indifference for the course of its development or for...
THE REVENANTE OF ABU GHRAIB: Derrida and the Discourses of Globalization, Gender, and Forgiveness
We must never dissociate the question of desire and of pleasure when we treat the political, and especially the democratic, the question of conscious or unconscious pleasure, from the calculation and the incalculable to which desire and pleasure give...
The Worklessness of Literature: Blanchot, Hegel, and the Ambiguity of the Poetic Word
Although there is much scholarship on Maurice Blanchot's relationship to his contemporaries on the French intellectual scene, substantially less has been made of his debts to the German philosophical heritage in general, and to G. W. F. Hegel in particular....
Toward a Feminist Ontology: A New Logic of Truth in Irigaray's Reading of Plato's Cave
Thus the outlawed element-called the slave and the repressed in other symbolic systems-rules without appeal or recall the very text that outlaws it.Luce IrigarayI argue in this essay that Luce Irigaray offers tools in her early work that serve to radicalize...