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. 43, No. 4, Winter

African Culture and the Quest for Truth
Aristotle begins his Metaphysics with the classical statement, "all men by nature desire to know." The quest to know is the quest for truth. The African as well desires to know and he persistently searches for the truth. He analyses the reality as it...
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Beyond the Father's Law: The Daughter's Gift of Death
There is a kind of question, let us still call it historical, whose conception, formation, gestation, and labor we are only catching a glimpse of today. I employ these words, I admit, with a glance toward the operations of childbearing--but also with...
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Complex Diversity: Acknowledging Group Identities within Democratic Society
The debate between liberals and so-called "communitarians" is now more a memory than a current fault line within political theory. The decline of interest in this debate is in part owing to the widely-perceived inability of communitarianism to accommodate...
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Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida: Forgetting and Remembering the Jews
In a letter to a friend dated May 4, 1933, Edmund Husserl confides his dismay over Martin Heidegger's "increasingly strong anti-Semitism of recent years."' As Richard Wolin has pointed out, Husserl's impression of Heidegger would seem at odds with the...
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Husserl Perception and the Ideality of Time
I am going to examine a problem which Edmund Husserl claimed threatened to stymie his entire phenomenological enterprise. The question of how a temporally extended melody can be given to consciousness served as an extremely challenging and disconcerting...
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Knowledge, Power, and Freedom: Native American and Western Epistemological Paradigms
NATIVE AMERICAN AND WESTERN EPISTEMOLOGICAL PARADIGMS The traditional Western definition of knowledge is well focused in Francis Bacon's famous words "Knowledge is power." Another equally influential motto is taken from the Christian scriptures, "The...
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On "Absorded Coping": G-Intentionality, R-Intentionality, and the Agent's Access
The work of philosophers in the existential tradition of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty presents a challenge to the proposition that the fundamental relation of a person to the environment consists in the relation of the content of an individual mind to...
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Starlight in the Face of the Other
Indeed, just as our life is embedded in the ecological cycles of the biosphere, our whole planet [and we] exist as a part of a much older cycle of material and energy that forms the galaxy. Lee Smolin The Life of the Cosmos There, Open, Without Intimacy...
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The Unforced Force of the More Familiar Argument: A Critique of Habermas' Theory of Communicative Rationality
A CRITIQUE OF HABERMAS' THEORY OF COMMUNICATIVE RATIONALITY The present hegemony of the West is assumed, that is, the outcome is determined, the "diagnosis" is complete. The task remains to account for why this outcome occurred. In short, the question...
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