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. 39, No. 4, Winter

As the Lights Go On
The credits roll; the lights go on; the spectators rise to their feet and file out of the cinema. Film endings are an important part of the spectator's experience, but the phenomenology of film endings is rarely discussed in film theory. Roland Barthes'...
Heidegger and Arendt: Against the Imperialism of Privacy
Although Hannah Arendt's political philosophy advocates a return to the original experience of the Greek polis and interprets modern political phenomena in light of the philosophical categories of classical antiquity, this should not be brushed aside...
Interface: Modernity and Post-Modernity: The Possibility of Enthusiasm According to Immanuel Kant and Jean-Francois Lyotard
Both Immanuel Kant and Jean-Francois Lyotard explore the nature of enthusiasm and provide diverse interpretations as to its political relevance. Kant offers his readers a modernist view confirming the possibility of a genuinely moral human tendency towards...
Levinas and Nietzsche: In between Love and Contempt
A work conceived in its ultimate nature requires a radical generosity of the same who goes toward the Other.(1)This remark by Emmanuel Levinas refers us to a movement whose underlying structure he holds to be common to both the relationship between philosophical...
Philosophizing the Double-Bind
I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves.N ietzsche, "Zarathustra's Prologue"Much has been made of the "failure" of the critique of metaphysics....
Rights and the Gift in Sartre's Notebooks for an Ethics
The concept of (legal) right has been the source of some particularly knotty problems for legal theorists following Marx.(l) If Marx's assessment, that rights are peculiar to capitalist society, is correct, one might be led to wonder: what form would...
The New Casuistry vs. Narrative Ethics: A Postmodern Analysis
The most interesting developments occurring in contemporary ethical theory can be found in the realm of post-Vatican II Catholic moral theology. The current debate in this arena between those whom I shall call the "new casuists" and "narrative ethicists"...
Walter Benjamin and Romanticism: The Romantic Tradition
Walter Benjamin's dissertation, "The Concept of Art-criticism in German Romanticism," is one of the least studied of all his major works, yet it is of decisive importance for understanding the direction of his later work. I The purpose of this essay...

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