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. 46, No. 2, Summer

Aesthetics of Self-Fashioning and Cosmopolitanism: Foucault and Rorty on the Art of Living
Today several philosophers have begun to develop a positive ethics of self-fashioning, which is non-universalist, aestheticist, and very influenced by Nietzsche. Philosophers who have championed this aesthetic ethics of self-fashioning include Michel...
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A Re-Introduction: Merleau-Ponty's Husserl Aux Limites De la Phenomenologie and Derrida's Introduction to Husserl's Origin of Geometry
Une pensee n'est pas des idees, c'est circonscription d'un impense .... Une methode de lecture objective et de critique interne ne suffit pas. Elle masquera meme le relief de paroles qui n'ont leur sens que par 'ecart. (HLP 14-15)1 In taking up Merleau-Ponty's...
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Cynical Aesthetics: A Theme from Michel Foucault's 1984 Lectures at the College De France
To write about Michel Foucault-to offer commentary on his work-is to betray him. The task of the commentator is plagued with the consistent reminder both in Foucault's life and work that he is a thinker who defies classification. Much can be made of...
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Do Universals Have a Reference? on the Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse
"A great truth wants to be criticized, not idolized." Nietzsche "Do Universals have any reference?" "If so, what is it that they refer to?" These are philosophical questions. It could be argued that they are the philosophical questions. A particular,...
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New Perspectives on Metaphysical Solipsism
C. D. Rollins, in "Solipsism," classifies solipsism into two categories, epistemological and metaphysical,1 and observes that while many philosophers have championed epistemological solipsism, no major philosopher has advocated ontological solipsism....
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Rethinking Philosophy: A Reflection on Philosophy, Myth, and Science
What is philosophy? What is myth? What is science? None of these questions can easily be answered. Different philosophical schools define philosophy in accordance with their various philosophical standpoints. The numerous traditional stories to which...
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The Author['s] Remains: Foucault and the Demise of the "Author-Function"
FOUCAULT AND THE DEMISE OF THE "AUTHOR-FUNCTION" In "What is an Author," Michel Foucault quotes Samuel Beckett: "What matter who's speaking, someone said, what matter who's speaking?" (Foucault 1977b, 115). Foucault cites this statement in reference...
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When Pain Becomes Unreal
How can the pain suffered by the bereaved in their grief of loss, by victims of political atrocities or by patients in agony, be associated with the unreal? My title: when pain becomes unreal, may not only sound dangerously provocative, but also simply...
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