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. 42, No. 4, Winter

Aristotle and the Comic Hero: Uses of the Moral Imagination
I have argued elsewhere for a theory of Aristotelian comedy that uses the virtue of eutrapelia (ready-wittedness) as the central notion.' On such a theory, comedy's function is to critically assess when failures to "hit the mean" have occurred and to...
Being as Act and Potency in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur
The claim that being has the significance of both actuality and potentiality has been a persistent theme in Paul Ricoeur's philosophy from his early "Poetics of the Will," through his investigations into the semantic innovation of metaphor and narrative,...
Danger: Philosophy of Religion
At first glance, philosophy of religion might seem to be an unproblematic discipline. However, closer inspection reveals that philosophers and religious people often seem uneasy when confronted with the subject. That uneasiness, one suspects, is due...
Faces for a Philosophy of the Morning: Alphonso Lingis and a Wanderer's Will to Truth
And when morning appeared, (he) found himself in thick forest and the road disappeared. Then he laid the dead man in a hollow tree at his head-for he wanted to protect him from the wolves-and laid himself down on the mossy ground.l How many of us, in...
Lyotard's Postmodern Ethics and the Normative Question
By "the normative question" I mean the age-old question "Why should I be moral?" To ask this question is to ask for a justification of morality's claims on us, or for a justification of the obligations of morality. The first systematic attempt to answer...
On Refusing Who We Are: Foucault's Critique of the Epistemic Subject
In an interview given during his 1982 seminar on "Technologies of the Self" at the University of Vermont, Michel Foucault responded to a question concerning the various classifications that had been attributed to him by stating "I don't feel that it...
"So You Do Theory, Do You?"
We have all seen it done, even if we have not actually done it ourselves. I mean, of course, "we who work in higher education. And I am referring to advertising for ajob about which we have not yet come to a departmental consensus. There are many ways...
The Future-to-Come: Derrida and the Ethics of Historicity
As something fateful, Being itself is inherently eschatological. Martin Heidegger, Early Greek Thinking, p. 18. In historiam, it is the fall of thought into philosophy which gets history under way. Jacques Derrida, Writing and Difference, p. 27. . ....
The Origin of Paradox and Its Relation to Philosophical Reflection
In this essay, my primary intention is to develop some insight into the fundamental meaning of paradox. Consequently, I will not be concerned with providing an historical account or a survey of theories. Various commentaries are employed, but these are...
The Uses of Anachronism: Deleuze's History of the Subject
Even the history of philosophy is completely without interest if it does not undertake to awaken a dormant concept and to play it again on a new stage, even if this comes at the price of turning it against itself.1 History of Philosophy: Recounting Imaginary...