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. 53, No. 4, Winter

Bearing Witness: Events of Poetry in Gadamer and Derrida
One of the recurring metaphors in HansGeorg Gadamer's writings on art and specifically poetry is that of "testimony" and "bearing witness." In "The Artwork in Word and Image: 'So True, So Full of Being!'" (1993) from the early nineties, he asserts that...
Beyond the "Fusion of Horizons": Gadamer's Notion of Understanding as "Play"
The philosophical world has come to associate Gadamer's notion of understanding with a "fusion of horizons" (Horizontverschmelzung). Every introduction to Gadamer's philosophy places a heavy emphasis on this phrase, and Gadamer's most influential critics...
Deleuze and Normativity
Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany systematically dismantled German democracy, violated international law, and perpetrated countless horrific crimes against humanity - chief among them the extermination of ten million people, approximately six million...
Levinas and the Triple Critique of Heidegger
As twentieth century philosophy fades into the distance, Martin Heidegger seems to be standing the test of time. His stature in continental philosophy is beyond question, and those French thinkers who avoid his influence most noticeably (such as Alain...
"Nothing Human Is Foreign to Me" on the Role of Difference in Hegel's Aesthetics
The reception of Hegel's philosophy of art has mostly stood under the shadow of his famous thesis on "the end of arts." This leaves many modern readers of Hegel's aesthetic philosophy with a feeling of desolation in relation to his contributions as an...
Spinoza in French Philosophy Today
Es gibt Kein andere Philosophie, als die Philosophie des Spinoza.Gotthold Ephraim LessingEvery philosopher has two philosophies: his own and Spinoza's.Henri BergsonIn the last few decades, French philosophers have been particularly interested in Spinoza's...
The End(s) of Play in Contemporary Culture
More than forty years ago, Jacques Derrida presented his seminal essay "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourses of the Human Sciences" at the famous Johns Hopkins conference on structuralism, shocking both European and American critics with the radical...
The Failure of Hate: Love, Hate, and Hope in Jean-Paul Sartre
From the outset, one must admit that "the failure of hate" is hardly a hopeful phrase - at best, it is a sort of double negative whereby one negates hate without necessarily moving toward a more positive statement regarding relationships between human...
The Neuroscience of Certainty: Some Philosophical Implications
Within the past decade, the current research of neuroscientists has been summarized and made accessible to the non-specialist. I want to focus in this essay on the work of Timothy Wilson, Robert Burton, and Jonah Lehrer. Their scholarship has illuminated...
The Question of Photographic Meaning in Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida
This essay explores Ronald Barthes' thoughts on photography by constructing a narrative of development in his thought that reaches its peak in his last book, Camera Lucida. I claim that Barthes' engagement with photography revolves around the desire...