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. 56, No. 1, February

Choreographing the Borderline: Dancing with Kristeva
In this essay I investigate Kristeva's conception of dance in regard to the trope of the borderline. I will begin with her explicit treatments of dance, the earliest of which occurs in Revolution in Poetic Language, in terms of (a) her analogy between...
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Eternal Return and Ilo Uwa-Nietzsche and Igbo African Thought Implications for Cross-Cultural Philosophizing
The idea of eternal return is not a unique innovation in thought. Although in the development of Western philosophy the concept is ascribed to Nietzsche, it can be traced back to Empedocles (Fragments, B 17 and 24) and Pythagoras (Simplicius, 732.23-24)....
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Is Sartre's Les Mouches Sartrean?
How are we to read Les Mouches!1 Written and first performed in 1943, Sartre's re-fashioning of Aeschylus covertly addresses the situation of the French people under the Vichy regime. The not-so-hidden message is this: the buzzing flies covering Argos...
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Merleau-Ponty, Ontology, and Ethics
Ralph Perry offered an important and influential answer to the question "what is the source of ethical value?" He argued that it cannot be physical nature alone, since physical nature, by itself, is impassive, and that value must subsequently have its...
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Naturalism Reconsidered: Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty
Naturalism has many differing senses, some positive and some negative. While it is used in positive senses by the tradition of analytical philosophy, with Ludwig Wittgenstein its best example, and by me tradition of phenomenology, with Maurice Merleau-Ponty...
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Power, Resistance, and the Foucauldian Technologies
In the introduction of his book Foucault Beyond Foucault, Jeffrey Nealon writes of a "widespread critical consensus concerning the historical development and trajectory of Foucault's work." "Critics," he writes, "seem to have agreed that Foucault's mid-career...
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Re-Examining Sartre's Reading of the Myth of Sisyphus
One of the main obstacles in approaching the work of Albert Camus nowadays is the prevalent notion that his fictional works are somehow an illustration of a philosophy contained in his nonfiction writings. This is an idea which may be traced back to...
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Revisiting Jankélévitch's Dichotomy: Between Excusing the Ignorant and Forgiving the Wicked
Many authors start their analyses of forgiveness with the opposition between excuse and forgiveness. The reason might seem immediately clear. Forgiveness is preceded by a disapproval of the action. Both the act of forgiving and that of asking for forgiveness...
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Ricoeur and Berman: An Encounter between Hermeneutics and Translation Studies
This essay surveys commonalities and differences between Antoine Berman, a translation philosopher, and Paul Ricoeur, a hermeneutic philosopher, and thereby tries to discover where and how Translation Studies and hermeneutics might come into contact....
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Unbearable Godot: How an Existentialist Can Make Meaning and Find Happiness in Repetition
Waiting is the greatest drudgery in life, and watching a performance of Waiting for Godot drives this home. Rather than reward us for waiting, the play frustrates us. There is no big pay-off or resolution. Waiting requires diversion to combat boredom....
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