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. 51, No. 4, Winter

Analytic and Transcendental Empiricism: Russell, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Bertrand Russell put forward the concept of an "analytic empiricism," an approach which he held to "eliminate Pythagoreanism from the principles of mathematics, and to combine empiricism with an interest in...
Arendt, Derrida, and the Inheritance of Forgiveness
In his published writings, Jacques Derrida rarely concerned himself with the work of Hannah Arendt. He discusses Arendt's essays "Truth and Politics" and "Lying in Politics: Reflections on the Pentagon Papers" in "History of the Lie," and interrogates...
Becomings Yet to Come: Thought as Movement in Derrida and Deleuze
In his memorial for Gilles Deleuze, Derrida remarks that he has always felt an affinity with the work of Deleuze and, indeed, considered him the thinker of their "generation" with whom he was the closest.1 Derrida, however, also notes that there are...
Body, Liquidity, and Flesh: Bachelard, Merleau-Ponty, and the Elements of Interpersonal Communication
The theme of "embodiment" has emerged over the last two decades as a highly prominent topic in the human sciences. Much of this discourse has been developed from the work of Foucault, some of it is derived from Merleau-Ponty, and other points of view...
Nietzsche and the Circle of Nothing: The Turns and Returns of Fetishism
In section 55 of The Will to Power, written on June 10, 1887, Friedrich Nietzsche pens a thought, a terrible and distressing thought, terrible for what it proclaims, distressing for the human who is asked to entertain this thought, the thought of nothing,...
On the Question of Woman: Illuminating De Beauvoir through Kantian Epistemology
Simone de Beauvoir did not expressly refer to Kant when dealing with the question of woman in The second Sex. Nevertheless, I believe that there are important similarities between her way of building the concept of woman and the trajectory of Kant's...
Social Conflict and the Life-Ground of Value
Paradoxically, perhaps, the value of life is if often illuminated by death. Death, the ultimate existential frame of human existence, has traditionally, in both literature and philosophy, been interpreted as the great leveler-master and servant, rich...
The Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard and the Teleological Suspension of the Theological
The analysis of love has been neglected more than almost any other subject in philosophy.Irving Singer1The singular epiphany of God in the face of three men wandering in the desert! One can, of course, separate out of this or isolate from it the idea...
What Is Offensive about Offensive Jokes?
There is an element of malice in much humor. (That slipping on a banana peel is funny does not make the fall any less painful, after all.) A good deal of our laughter in comedy is directed at misfortune, presented in such a way as to elicit amusement...