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. 43, No. 2, Summer

An Address from Elsewhere: (The Message of Levinas in the Czech Dissident Milieu
The ability to transport oneself imaginatively into a different world, into fictional worlds for example, is a distinctive privilege of all human beings. But those fictive worlds into which we so simply and playfully pass are spun out of our normal,...
Editor's Introduction
In Adieu d Emmanuel Levinas, published in 1997, Jacques Derrida spoke to those who attended Levinas' funeral, which was held on December 27, 1995, in the cemetery of Pantin, in Paris. He reminded us all that Levinasian thought awakened us forcefully...
Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995)
The eighth day of Hanukkah, 1995, saw the passing of Emmanuel Levinas. He was one of the greatest Jewish philosophers, perhaps the greatest since the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides. Born in 1906 in Kaunas, Lithuania, Levinas settled in...
Ethics and Optics: The Occidentality of Levinas from the Heart of the Americas
The world map traditionally represents the Northern hemisphere at the top and the Southern hemisphere at the bottom, but in that representation is something more than arbitrary: a geography of signification. In the area where the geo-signification is...
How Not to Read the Other: "All the Rest Can Be Translated"
This essay addresses itself to what I see as an element of irresponsibility in Levinas' thought. I will argue that, while it is generally assumed that Levinas' stress on the radical alterity of the other is respectful of difference, in fact Levinas leans...
Levinas and the Holocaust: The Responsibility of the Victim
Failure of the discourse on Being without a doubt presents the most stimulating challenge of contemporary thought. The work of Emmanuel Levinas, derived from the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, while it denies all aspects of existentialism,...
"Sensibility" and "Otherness" in Emmanuel Levinas
I turned to Levinas when I began to write Para una etica de la liberacion latinoamericana (Towards an Ethic of Latin American Liberation) and it was Levinas who gave me the opportunity to go beyond the Heidegger of Being and Time. Without abandoning...
The World Inhospitable to Levinas
All great thinkers create powerful concepts and/or images of their own but as a rule design them together with a complete universe to accommodate them and infuse them with sense. For Emmanuel Levinas, the world he constructed was "the moral party of...
Utopia and Reality: The Concept of Sanctity in Kant and Levinas
Before I met Levinas, I encountered his philosophy.1 My acquaintance began nearly twenty years ago when I read Totality and Infinity.2 This book was a shock to me, as it was to most of my contemporaries. As a student in philosophy I had been trained...
What Good Is the Holocaust?: On Suffering and Evil
The theological explanation for evil, theodicy, is that evil is willed by God, willed by an absolute God, an absolutely benevolent God.' The logic may be painful, in the sense that it outrages moral reason, but it remains logical for all that. Since...

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