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, No. 2, Summer

Beauty and the Breast: Dispelling Significations of Feminine Sensuality in the Aesthetics of Dance
"Your breasts must be firm, yet soft like the horns of the bull." "Fried eggs up to the ceiling, ladies, as you go into the back bend." "Breasts are for breast-feeding, it is the behind which is the crown and glory!" Such are the instructions of three...
Democracy and the Individual: To What Extent Is Dewey's Reconstruction Nietzsche's Self-Overcoming?
The mere combination of the names of John Dewey and Friedrich Nietzsche in the title of an essay might offend some readers. Many of the scholars of American pragmatism I have met view Nietzsche as just one more of those Continental, postmodern philosophers...
Existential Phenomenology and the Problem of Race: A Critical Assessment of Lewis Gordon's Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism
Lewis Gordon's Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism1 is the latest original contribution to the mushrooming field of African-American Philosophy. It is crucially significant in that, unlike the commonly expected treatment of issues in this tradition, it adopts...
Hegelianism in Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of History
Hegel's mediated understanding of history is vital for the development of Merleau-Ponty's theory of history. From Hegel, Merleau-Ponty takes the views that history has a rational structure, and that history's structure is supported by human coexistence....
Kierkegaard's Dialectical Image of Human Existence in the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical Fragments
I'll tell you, she said, though it's a rather long story. On the day of Aprhrodite's birth the gods were making merry, and among them was Resource, the son of Craft. And when they had supped, Need came begging at the door because there was good cheer...
Language and Reality, One More Time
I shall propose a rationale for a soft version of the so-called "Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis." I say "so-called" since the ideas of Sapir and Whorf were offered more as a conceptual framework or interpretive perspective than as a scientific hypothesis. Understood...
The "Alien Abduction" Phenomenon: Forbidden Knowledge of Hidden Events
In this essay, I examine a peculiar, disturbing, and widely reported phenomenon: "alien abduction." Although at first discussed primarily in supermarket tabloids, in recent years this topic has been featured in many books, films, and television programs....
The Hermeneutics of Origin: Arche and the Anarchic in John Van Buren's the Young Heidegger
Arche & Palimpsest Finding the Hermeneutic Middle To write under erasure is to write as if the substance of what could be written were already determined by a logic of submersion, a logic itself constituted by what the surface allows. Under such...
What Does It All Come To: A Response to Reviews of the Young Heidegger
Heidegger often said that Auseinandersetzung, debate, is the essence of thinking, and accordingly the fitting way to appropriate his own thinking.' This has certainly come true in the case of the longstanding debate over the importance of Heidegger's...
Why Has the Question of the Meaning of Life Arisen in the Last Two and a Half Centuries?
Questioning the meaning of life (or the world, or existence), or complaining that it is meaningless are relatively new phenomena in western culture. Their manifestation is by and large a matter of the last two hundred and fifty years, seems to start...