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. 1, Spring

Discipline and Control: Butler and Deleuze on Individuality and Dividuality
Towards the beginning of a short essay on new forms of power Gilles Deleuze makes the comment that "there is no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons."I Deleuze's concern is that these forms of power, which he calls "control," no longer...
Editor's Introduction
The following essays were selected from those presented to the Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, held in New Orleans in 1993. They range from close and sustained analyses of the most classical themes...
Gadamer, Hegel, and the Middle of Language
Hans-Georg Gadamer's reputation as a pupil of Martin Heidegger and as a philosopher following the path of the Heideggerian project (albeit in a somewhat modified form) is quite well established. Indeed, one might legitimately characterize Gadamer's own...
Heidegger's Postwar Turn
THE EMERGENCE OF THE HERMENEUTIC VIEWPOINT OF HIS PHILOSOPHY AND THE IDEA OF "DESTRUKTION" ON THE WAY TO BEING AND TIME For a long time it had been customary within Heidegger scholarship to speak about a "Heidegger I" and a "Heidegger II," divided by...
Husserl, Derrida, and the Phenomenology of Expression
Does not expression resemble more closely this extreme exposure [of the face] than it does some supposed recourse to a code? -Emmanuel Levinas In the Logical Investigations Husserl distinguishes between "indicative" and "expressive" signs in order to...
Language and African-American Culture: The Need for Meta-Philosophical Reflection
Debates over language in recent philosophy have not thematized competing theories but dramatized them, as we see in the Gadamer/Derrida encounter. 1 Theorists in these debates are so committed to a single ontology that they either squeeze out meta-critical...
Language in Lifeworld Phenomenology: The "Origin of Geometry" Was Not the Final Word!
Texts, once they are printed, can be freely used in many ways, and are. But it is a principle of interpretation that no text stands without a context, especially that of other texts with which the text in question is interwoven in its origins. This is...
Of Things Face-to-Face with Levinas Face-to-Face with Heidegger: Prolegomena to a Metaphysical Ethics of Things
Things are everywhere. They fill the world with their presence. Whereas it is possible to avoid the Other (person), to reject the encounter, to be solipsistic without condescension; to exempt oneself from an encounter-any encounter-with things is to...
On Communicative Actors Talking Past One Another: The Gadamer-Habermas Debate
THE GADAMER-HABERMAS DEBATE One of the more entertaining aspects of the debate between Jurgen Habermas and HansGeorg Gadamer is the frequency with which each hurls the same epithets in the other's direction. Each accuses the other of holding a dangerous...
Phallic Queerings
1. to banter to ridicule; 2. to puzzle; 3. to spoil, as the smooth operation or success of; 4. to put into an unfavorable position. Webster's American Dictionary Jacques Lacan calls his account of the subject a re-reading of Freud. Beginning with Freud's...
Rethinking Exchange: Logics of the Gift in Cixous and Nietzsche
A gift-giving virtue is the highest virtue. -Thus Spoke Zarathustra Who could ever think of the gift as a giftthat-takes? Who else but man, precisely the one who would like to take everything? -"The Laugh of the Medusa" Following the appearance in 1991...
Rigor And/in Deconstruction
Assume for the moment that certain deconstructive events are "successful." In particular, assume that the traditional ideal of grounded knowledge, the ideal of a theoretical coherence and rigor that can in principle completely master its object-and in...
Spatiality, Temporality, and the Problem of Foundation in Being and Time
One of the crucial moves in Heidegger's project of "fundamental ontology" occurs at the onset of Division Two of Being and Time, where he affirms that the content of the first half of the book-Being-in-the-world-is itself founded on temporality. Heideggerian...
The Hither-Side of the Living-Present in Levinas and Husserl
The fact that the context of the Husserlian phenomenological problematic directs even the earliest Levinasian studies is well-known. However, despite the familiar historical and textual evidence, the precise matters of the philosophical debt Levinas...
The Ordeal of the Foreign and the Enigma of One's Own
Aber die Thronen, wo? die Tempel, und wo die GefaBe, Wo mit Nectar gefullt, Gottern zu Lust der Gesang? Wo, wo leuchten sie denn, die fernhintreftenden Spruche? Delphi schlummert und wo tonet das grobe Geschick? Brot und Wein, 4. Strophe. From the title...
The Question of God: Thinking after Heidegger
The period since Martin Heidegger's death has provided major additional materials for tracing the path of his thinking on the question of god. These include, among others, publication of the Metaphysical Foundations of Logic; the several lecture series...
The Rhetoric of Failure and Deconstruction
Unmasking Deconstruction: Skepticism in Disguise? In this essay I argue that in order to understand the consequences of Jacques Derrida's theory of language, it is essential to rethink the relationship of his philosophy to skepticism.1 The strategic...
The Saturated Phenomenon
What comes into the world without troubling merits neither consideration nor patience. Rene Char I The field of religion could simply be defined as what philosophy excludes or, in the best case, subjugates. Such a constant antagonism cannot be reduced...
This Is Not a Text or, Do We Read Images?
Magritte's enigmatic title, "Ceci n'est pas un pipe," placed upon his "image" of a pipe poses a problem not unlike the problem of the "Text" in the family of post- a- or non-Modem theories currently fashionable in Euro-American philosophical contexts....
Transcendental Ontologism and Derrida's Reading of Husserl
THE PROSPECT OF DIALOGICAL MEDIATION IN THE DISPUTE BETWEEN HUSSERLIANS AND DERRIDEANS It is perhaps no accident that at the precise juncture of Speech and Phenomena where Derrida characterizes the "move" that is to be problematized in his reading of...
Working in the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida
Jurgen Habermas's book on the philosophical discourse of modernity is an original and multilayered work. It is an ambitious synthesis of post-Hegelian philosophy, a self-critique of the tradition of Critical Theory, a decisive rejection of philosophies...

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