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. 40, No. 2, Summer

Can There Be a Science of Action?: Paul Ricoeur
Essential to the Greek heritage of Western Culture has been its determination to be delivered from the vagaries of mere opinion through the search for certain knowledge. Greek philosophy, and Western philosophy in its wake, was at great pains to distinguish...
Ethical Community without Communitarianism
The Rationale For The Renewed Turn To Ethical Community In both theory and practice, controversy over framing conduct and institutions has increasingly revolved around the idea of ethical community. Advanced more and more frequently under the banner...
Formal Contamination: A Reading of Derrida's Argument
The following discussion will employ the concept of form in articulating Derrida's general argument for contamination, which is said to result from the workings of differance. That the general motif of form is important to Derrida's account has been...
Kierkegaard on Tragedy: The Aporias of Interpretation
Aristotle says in the Poetics that tragedy is teleological, that it appeals to singularity at its optimum, yet is not different from it (1448a 17, 1460b34). Tragedy is oriented toward the future, not toward the past (1451 a36-1451 b 12). Still, tragedy...
Linguistic Relativity in French, English, and German Philosophy
In our century philosophy has indeed taken a "linguistic turn," both in the AngloAmerican analytic tradition (in the work of Russell, Wittgenstein, and subsequent logicians), and in the Continental tradition, which has been deeply influenced by Saussurean...
Phenomenology, Dialectic, and Time in Levinas's Time and the Other
In his introduction to the 1979 re-publication of his 1948 lecture series Time and the Other, Emmanuel Levinas expressed some misgivings about the shortcomings of that text. It was written, he claimed, in haste; its style ("or non-style") was "maladroit"...
Recalling the Hermeneutics Circle
Is it time to recall the hermeneutic circle? Must we not question whether the hermeneutic circle is a fatally flawed tool that, admittedly under pressure and only reluctantly, has to be recalled? Is it to be retooled, reshaped and re-released as a new...
The Father of Modern Hermeneutics in a Postmodern Age: A Reinterpretation of Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics
A REINTERPRETATION OF SCHLEIERMACHER'S HERMENEUTICS Friedrich Schleirermacher is generally recognized as the father of modern hermeneutics. This means that hermeneutics as a science or, rather, as an art, of understanding as such originates from Schleiermacher....

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