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. 52, No. 2, Summer

A Despairing Duty: The Non-Reciprocal Dimension to Sartre's Ethics
The taste for risk... is the taste for employing one's freedom to reveal the destructive forces in a field of freedom.1In the late 1940s, Sartre sets in motion his quest for an ethics. This pursuit alters his negative account of "social" ontology from...
Adorno's Endgame
Fredric Jameson, observing in Late Marxism that Adorno adopts Marx's view about the abstract character of all historical forms of exchange, adds that the abstractions characteristic of exchange profoundly affect society because they extend "across the...
A Festival of Anti-Realism: Braver's History of Continental Thought
Lee Braver's book does a rare service, and can function as a kind of landmark.' He describes continental philosophy as a systematic program of anti-realism, which he traces with great learning from Immanuel Kant through G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche,...
Beauvoir and the Question of a Woman's Point of View
Recently, philosophers have taken to announcing a revival or a renaissance in the study of the philosophical work of Simone de Beauvoir.1 Sonia Kruks argues that feminist Beauvoir studies, having passed through an early ( 1970s) phase in which women...
Embodiment in Polanyi's Theory of Tacit Knowing
One of Michael Polanyi's most important contributions to philosophy is his clarification of the structure of tacit knowing based upon two terms of awareness. For instance, in driving a nail, we are not only aware of the nail, but also aware of the hammer...
Enabling/disabling Sensation: Toward an Alimentary Imperative in Carnal Phenomenology
Sensation breaks up every system ...Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and InfinityIt is both our panic and our privilege to be mortal and sense-full. We live on the leash of our senses. Although they enlarge us, they also limit and restrain us, but how beautifully.Diane...
Is Existentialist Authenticity Unethical? De Beauvoir on Ethics, Authenticity and Embodiment
One of the most important problems confronted by existentialist thought clearly appears to be the one referring to the possible contradiction between authenticity and ethics. This problem has not been sufficiently explored in philosophical literature,...
"Man" and His Technological Doubles
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In contemporary society one can observe an apparent collapse of the opposition between technology on the one hand and nature on the other, an opposition which has been constitutive for the modern understanding...
"Oh That This Too, Too Solid Flesh Would Melt": A Phenomenology of Sadness in Shakespeare's Hamlet
This essay is the second in a series of works on the phenomenology of emotion. The first1 dealt with the emotion of anger; this time I shall be phenomenologically analyzing the emotion of sadness. Because my analysis is part of an ongoing project on...
Wittgenstein's Turnabout
We are all familiar with the distinction between the early and the later Wittgenstein, along with the many different interpretations of its significance.I have long been of the opinion that the crucial factor giving rise to the turnabout in Wittgenstein's...