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. 46, 2002

Asceticism and Sexuality
ASCETICISM AND SEXUALITYTHE "TRUMPERY OF NATURE" IN BERGSON'S THE TWO SOURCES OF MORALITY AND RELIGION"Asceticism and Sexuality" is a strange, perhaps even jarring title if you know anything about Bergson's works. Yet I think that Bergson's 1932 The...
Being as Ruination
HEIDEGGER, SIMMEL, AND THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF RUINSIn this essay I will attempt to understand ruins as ruins.1 Such an attempt gives rise to fundamental philosophical problems and indeed may appear to be from the outset mistaken. It might be argued that...
Bodies and the Power of Vulnerability
THINKING DEMOCRACY AND SUBJECTIVITY OUTSIDE THE LOGIC OF CONFRONTATIONIn this essay I shall respond to a pervasive and persuasive argument in Debra Bergoffen's work, namely, that body image or an individual's sense of embodiment both reflects and influences...
Editor's Introduction
For twenty-eight years now the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) has published a selection of essays delivered at its annual meeting. Together, these volumes tell the story of a philosophical and intellectual movement that began...
Frege, Nietzsche, and the Analytic/continental Polemic
There are epochs in which the man of reason and the man of intuition stand side by side, the one fearful of intuition, the other filled with scorn for abstraction, the latter as unreasonable as the former is unartistic.1To paraphrase an old joke, there...
Frege's Puzzle
A PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOLUTION?Despite the great promise and intellectual rigor of its founding, in recent years the dominant influence of the analytic tradition in Anglo-American philosophy has begun to weaken. While it remains a rich source of excellent...
Hegel and Homosexuality
In the Odes of Sappho the language of love is indeed heightened to lyrical enthusiasm, yet it is the insidious and devouring flame of the blood which is expressed rather than the deep feeling of the subjective heart and mind.-Lectures on Aesthetics1Hegel...
Latour's Thick Concepts and His Analysis of Scientific Practice
Although Bruno Latour's project of analyzing the practice of science is largely epistemological-he wants to understand how scientists come to know things-his epistemology is supported by an elaborate metaphysics. Scientific inquiry, he says, proceeds...
Merleau-Ponty
REVERSIBILITY, PHENOMENALITY AND ALTERITYThe problem of alterity concerns the manner in which one subject qua singularity can be in a relation to an other subject qua singularity. Establishing such a relation must overcome difficulties from two sources:...
Mohanty's Logic of Phenomenology
THE TRANSCENDENTALI'm not going to advocate reducing phenomenology to logic, any more than I would advocate reducing phenomenology to neuroscience or to critical theory. Rather, my title is a suggestion that the roots of transcendental phenomenology...
Natality and the Philosophy of Two
The recent work of Luce Irigaray is indisputably Utopian for its elaboration of a possible becoming founded in a love that thwarts all conflict. From the publication of I Love to You in 1992 (1996), the question of love has been prominent in her writing-we...
Outer Spaces
LYOTARD AND FEMINIST EPISTEMOLOGY"The world is everywhere that thought has consequences."Andrea Dworkin1It must have been several days after the September 11th attack that I received an email containing a satellite photo of the World Trade Center site....
Overcoming Oedipal Exclusions
AN IRIGARAYAN CRITIQUE OF JUDITH BUTLERBoth Judith Butler and Luce Irigaray critique Freud's view of the Oedipus complex in order to determine who is excluded by his theory of subject formation. Butler develops the provocative theory that the heterosexuality...
The Disappearing Button
HEIDEGGER, FOUCAULT, AND SUPERAUTOMATED SPACESAn opposition between technophilia and technophobia has characterized much philosophy of technology, including some feminist philosophy of technology But since the object in question in the opposition-technology-is...
The Musical Semiotic
KRISTEVA, DON GIOVANNI, AND FEMINIST REVOLTOne listens to it: Mozart, Schoenberg. One gives it shape: Don Juan, the ideal . . . hero, seductive because he is the master who defies fathers and the connoisseur of women never satisfied with one alone, transforming...
The Phenomenological Project of Desedimenting the Formalization of Meaning
JACOB KLEIN'S CONTRIBUTION(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes formulae omitted.)(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)For Edmund Husserl, phenomenology as First Philosophy has but one goal: intuitive knowledge...
The Question of Hermeneutic Alterity
WHO IS THE "OTHER" FOR PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS?This essay seeks to draw attention to an ambiguity concerning the nature of the "other" in Gadamer's thought. In part 2 of Truth and Method, near the end of his discussion of hermeneutic experience, or...
Time and the One and the Many
(IN HUSSERL'S BERNAUER MANUSCRIPTS ON TIME CONSCIOUSNESS)To raise the issue of time is to confront a vivid instance of the relation of the one and the many. Even in ordinary prephilosophical living, if we think about time at all, we at least think of...
Two Dogmas of Sartrean Existentialism
Sartre's early commitment to two basic claims, namely, that consciousness is non-egological1 and freedom is absolute2 is well known. Opponents see these claims as leading to intractable problems.3 Sympathizers go to great lengths to defend Sartre against...
What Does Protention "Protend"?
REMARKS ON HUSSERL'S ANALYSES OF PROTENTION IN THE BERNAU MANUSCRIPTS ON TIME-CONSCIOUSNESSIn the version of the Lectures on the Phenomenology of Inner Time Consciousness that was edited by Martin Heidegger in 1928, protention is only mentioned in a...
"With One Headlight"
MERLEAU-PONTY AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE[N]ature is not alone a solution to the ontological problem, . . . nor is it a subsidiary or secondary element of this solution.La Nature, p. 355For a philosopher who held a chair in the social sciences, relied...