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. 44, No. 1, Spring

Adorno, Art Theory, and Feminist Practice
Preamble In her essay "Refining Feminist Theory: Lessons from Aesthetics," Hilde Hein argues that conventional male-oriented aesthetic theory, because it is "invincibly pluralistic and dynamic" can "serve as a model for feminist theory" (Hein 1993, 3)....
Bergson's Spinozist Tendencies
In a letter to Uon Brunschvicg declining an invitation to attend a conference commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Spinoza, Bergson wrote: "One could say that all philosophers have two philosophies: their own and that of Spinoza."1 It...
Beyond Recognition: Witnessing Ethics
Dori Laub, a psychoanalyst interviewing survivors as part of the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, remarks on a tension between historians and psychoanalysts involved in the project. He describes a lively debate that began after the group...
Facing Nature: Levinas beyond the Human
For all his radicality and originality, Emmanuel Levinas nonetheless has a general conception of the ethical that is arguably quite Kantian in at least one of its aspects. Ethics is not, one could say with both Kant and Levinas, concerned with maximizing...
In the Separation of the Crisis: A Post-Modern Hermeneutics?
A catchall no doubt, the notion of the post-modern currently allows a number of very different theoretical or philosophic positions to classify (and thus dispense with) equally heterogeneous intellectual projects whose sole common feature is that they...
Sartre and the Idea of Socialism: Normative Limitations of Collective Autonomy
It has now been forty years since Jean-Paul Sartre carried out his most sustained intervention into what he referred to as a "sclerosis"1 of Marxism. Increasingly dogmatic and unable to respond intelligently to its historical situation, Marxism was becoming...
Sympathy and Empathy
"Sympathy" and "empathy" refer to two distinct and complex psychological capacities that have quite distinct meanings. Nevertheless, philosophers and psychologists have had tremendous difficulty keeping the two concepts distinct. Since the classic works...
The Politics of Contradiction: Feminism and the Self
The nature of the self is a contested topic among feminists, many of whom deny that the self is a unified entity about which universal claims can be made. "The presumed universality and unity of the subject of feminism is effectively undermined by the...