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. 41, No. 3, Fall

A Short Story about Reason: The Strange Case of Habermas and Poe
What follows is an attempt to narrate a story that might help put . . . [a] criticism of philosophy in perspective... Jurgen Habermas We have put her living in the tomb! . . . yet I dared not-I dared not speak! Edgar Allan Poe This is a story that emerges...
Embodying Original Ethics: A Response to Levinas and Caputo
Following in the footsteps of Emmanuel Levinas, John Caputo has recently established himself as a forceful critic of the "original ethics" of Heidegger, which argues that ethics must be based on ontology. For both Levinas and Caputo, the ethical relation...
Hans-Georg Gadamer's Platonic Destruktion of the Later Heidegger
In a 1923 Freiburg lecture, Martin Heidegger stated emphatically: Hermeneutik ist Destruktion!1 While this striking assertion may need to be discounted as an example of what Hans-Georg Gadamer calls Heidegger's "pedagogical overstatement,"2 the idea...
Indignation toward Evil: Ricoeur and Caputo on a Theodicy of Protest
So, one must take risks. That's what experience is. I use this word in a very grave sense. There would be no experience otherwise, without risk. But for the risk to be worth the trouble, so to speak, and for it to be really something risky or risking,...
Le Doeuff and Irigaray on Descartes
Michele Le Doeuff, the French feminist theorist, reads Descartes' morality par provision as a permanent site of value-charged elements, impossible to excise through systematic doubt. Such elements, including what Le Doeuff calls the "philosophical imaginary,"...
Nietzsche Contra Postmodernism
Is there today indeed enough pride, daring, courage, self-assurance, intellectual energy, responsibility,freedom of will so that in reality philosophy is now even possible on this earth?1 Apparently not, at least if one judges from the chorus of postmodernist...
The Oscillating Now: Heidegger on the Failure of Bergsonism
Introduction: Heidegger's Bergson It is well known that in an attempt to overcome the Aristotelian interpretation of time, Heidegger proposed a distinction between a "derived" and an "original" time. The unthought identity of being and presence that...
The Prospects of Transcendental Pragmatism: Reconciling Kant and James
The American pragmatist William James admired the "English spirit" in philosophy, but he did not much admire the greatest critical successor of the British empiricists, namely, Immanuel Kant. There are occasional references to Kant in James's major writings,...
The Value of the Variable: An Excursion in the Abyss of Precision
For some time now I have struggled with the very idea of the variable. What remarkable efficacy the variable possesses! How frequently it takes the opportunity to dazzle us with the abundance of its resources! But, despite the distraction of this constant...