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. 50, No. 4, Winter

Authenticity, Freedom, and Gelassenheit
Heidegger and, in his wake, the so-called "existentialist" movement introduced in the philosophical discourse of the twentieth century the concept of authenticity. Properly speaking, the German word Eigentlichkeit, which was translated into French, and...
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Deconstructing the Rational Respondent: Derrida, Kant, and the Duty of Response
Tout autre est tout autre.1It is fair to say that one of the primary concerns of continental philosophy has been to set out a phenomenology and ethics of alterity. In other words, it has aimed to understand and respond to the experience of otherness...
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Questioning the Self: Kierkegaard and Derrida
There seems to be a prima facie assumption among philosophers, generally speaking, that autobiographical texts are less philosophically relevant than so-called "theoretical" texts. This is, in a sense, yet another repetition of the Republic's agon between...
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"Strike Flat the Thick Rotundity O' the World": A Phenomenology of Anger in Shakespeare's King Lear
In this essay, I attempt a phenomenological analysis of the emotion of anger, utilizing two performances of Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of King Lear as my research material. This analysis is part of an ongoing project on the phenomenology of emotion....
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The Ethical Importance of Being Human: God and Humanism in Levinas's Philosophy
The positioning of ethics as first philosophy, prior to ontology or epistemology, can appear to contradict Levinas's insistence that the other be another person, i.e., human. After all, if the ethical relation is one that precedes being or knowing, then...
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The Threshold of the Invisible: Said, Conrad, and Imperialism
"Writing is precisely the very possibility of change, the space that can serve as a springboard for subversive thought, the precursory movement of a transformation of social and cultural struggles."1In The Concept of Mind, Gilbert RyIe writes at length...
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Time Is out of Joint-And So Are We: Deleuzean Immanence and the Fractured Self
We should say of this identity and this resemblance that they are 'simulated': they are products of systems which relate different to different by means of difference (which is why such systems are themselves simulacra). The same and the similar are...
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Transcendental Exhaustion: Repeating Heidegger's Fundamental Ontology
ABBREVIATIONSBzP Beiträge zur Philosophie. Gesamtausgabe 65. Frankfurt: Vittorio Klostermann, 1989.EM Einführung in die Metaphysik. Gesamtausgabe 40. Frankfurt: Vittorio Klostermann, 1983.IM An Introduction to Metaphysics. Trans. Ralph Manheim. New Haven:...
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What's So Funny? or, Why Humor Should Matter to Philosophers
What makes us laugh and why should this be important for philosophy? Relatively speaking, the comical is an area of aesthetics that philosophers have paid little attention to, yet laughter is something found in all cultures and appears to be uniquely...
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William James's "Specious Present" and Willa Cather's Phenomenology of Memory
"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."2 Peter 3:8"They held the funeral on the second day, with the town coming to look at Miss Emily beneath a mass of bought flowers, with the crayon face of her father musing...
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