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. 51, 2007

Anti-Psychologism and the Path beyond Reductive Egology in Husserl
Many criticisms of Husserl center upon his notion of an apparently all-enveloping ego.1 Recent responses to this line of attack emphasize the decidedly "non-Cartesian" elements of Husserl's later genetic phenomenology, a phenomenology marked by themes...
Aristotelian Dunamis and Sexual Difference: An Analysis of Adunamia and Dunamis Meta Logou in Metaphysics Theta
As is well known, according to the Aristotelian theory of sexual difference, the female is a sort of deformed or mutilated male. The word Aristotle uses for this deformation of the female is anapêria, the most common usage of which refers to male castration.1...
A Rumor of Zombies: Deleuze and Guattari on Death
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))The work of Deleuze and Guattari in Capitalism and Schizophrenia has been remarkable in its impact on diverse domains of thought and activity from metaphysics and psychoanalysis...
Beneath Platonism: Temporality and the Musical Idea According to Merleau-Ponty
It is perhaps appropriate that much of Merleau-Ponty's late thinking comes down to us not in the form of narrative but in the rough outline of notes.1 For it is as if the late Merleau-Ponty deliberately employs language in such a way that his words work...
Contact/improv: A Synaesthetic Rejoinder to Derrida's Reading of Merleau-Ponty
In On On Touching-Jean-Luc Nancy, Derrida complains that despite his efforts to wriggle free of it, Merleau-Ponty remained enthralled by a humanist, intuitionist tradition.1 According to Derrida, this tradition is dominated not simply by the familiar...
Drive: A Psychoanalytical or Metaphysical Concept? on the Philosophical Foundation of the Pleasure Principle
For Freud, the pleasure principle is a fundamental principle of the psychische Geschehen, holding the same import as the reality principle.1 Properly speaking, the pleasure principle is the principle par excellence of the psychic processes, for without...
Equality as a Foucaultian Value: The Relevance of Rancière
It has long been noted that there is a certain normative tension in the work of Michel Foucault. On the one hand, he was always reticent to offer a normative framework for his writings. Aside from the cryptic comment about "bodies and pleasures" in the...
Heidegger's Distinction between Scientific and Philosophical Judgments
In §33 of Being and Time, Martin Heidegger shows that judgment is a derivative phenomenon, and it owes its sense to the phenomenon of world. Later sections further root judgment in care and most originally in the self-articulation of timeliness. This...
Mourning, the Messianic, and the Specter: Derrida's Appropriation of Benjamin in Specters of Marx
The question of Jacques Derrida's appropriation of Benjamin in Specters of Marx revolves around the issue of messianicity-how each conceives of the messianic. Indeed, the relationships between Walter Benjamin's "weak messianic power" and Jacques Derrida's...
Politics as Subjectification: Rethinking the Figure of the Worker in the Thought of Badiou and Rancière
The figure of the worker has disappeared from politics. It has disappeared from the left, which has replaced it with an increasingly fragmented and fractious series of identities, and from the right, which has proclaimed everyone an entrepreneur, even...
Reduction or Subtraction: Jean-Luc Marion, Alain Badiou, and the Recuperation of Truth
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities.Truth isn't.Mark Twain, Following the EquatorAt first glance, Jean-Luc Marion and Alain Badiou may appear to have little in common. However, it is my argument that their work productively converges in their...
Refiguring Continental Philosophy
Each year, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) hosts an annual meeting attended by some 500 philosophers and scholars-primarily from North Americ but increasingly including scholars from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere-working...
Remembering Paul Ricoeur
Early on he said, "The word is my kingdom and I am not ashamed of it."1 In a later book, Memory, History, Forgetting, he cited this from Vladimir Jankéloevitch as an epigram: "He who has been, from then on cannot not have been: henceforth this mysterious...
The Ethics of Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Challenge of Religious Transcendence
Trotzdem immer wieder zum Gespräch fähig zu werden, d.h. auf den anderen zu hören, scheint mir die eigentliche Erhebung des Menschen zur Humanität.Gadamer, 1972 (GW 2:214)1Religion is quickly regaining a central role in public life, and as philosophers,...
The Role of Language in Object Transcendence: A Gadamerian Response to Dreyfus and Mcdowell
Of all the ways to speak of transcendence, the perception of objects as spatially and temporally transcendent to us would seem to be one of the more mundane. So allow me to make the case right at the start as to why understanding how Hans-Georg Gadamer...
The Topology of Deleuze's Spatium
One of Gilles Deleuze's major ontological categories is that of a virtual continuum which, much like Spinoza's substance, presents two sides-pure extension and thought-or, rather, two powers: the power of being and the power of thinking. This virtual...
Transforming Necessity: Transcendental Logic after Cavaillès
We shall attempt to strike through the crust of the externalized 'historical facts' of philosophical history, interrogating, exhibiting, and testing their inner meaning and hidden teleology.Edmund Husserl, 1936(1)Although Jean Cavaillès's critique of...
Zones of Indiscernibility: The Life of a Concept from Deleuze to Agamben
The concept of a "zone of indiscernibility" plays a significant role in how both Gilles Deleuze and Giorgio Agamben conceive of life. Both attend to a level of sub-individual singularities in order to think life beyond, and below, the human, and it is...

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