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. 47, No. 4, Winter

Absolute Subjectivity: Kierkegaard and the Question of Onto-Theo-Egology
Although Kierkegaard's authorship mainly elaborates the structures of existential subjectivity, his work does presuppose certain metaphysical commitments. To be exact, Kierkegaard appropriates, from German idealism, the concept of the absolute, or "being-in-and-for-itself."...
Comedy, Chaos, and Casuistry: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
I have written in the past on disparate topics such as postmodernism, the history of humor, complexity theory, the different models of moral reasoning, and the relationship between art and life. Yet perhaps because we live in an age that values the making...
Fanaticism, Politics, and Religion
Half a century ago, in 1951, Gabriel Marcel wrote, "The first duty of the philosopher in our world today is to fight against fanaticism under whatever guise it may appear."1 But even earlier, in his 1933 article on "Outlines of a Phenomenology of Having,"...
Heidegger against the Editors: Nietzsche, Science, and the Beitrage as Will to Power
Since its first seeming surprise publication out of the prescribed order for the Gesamtausgabe, scholars have read and reread the Beitrage without coming to anything resembling consensus regarding its reception.1 Whether today's reader retains a fondness...
Johannes Climacus as Kierkegaard's Discourse on Method
Rene Descartes is the author of several excellent jokes, for which he rarely receives credit. For example:Good sense is the best distributed thing in the world: for everyone thinks himself so well endowed with it that even those who are the hardest to...
Richard Rorty's Philosophy of Social Hope
Since the publication of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Richard Rorty has been challenging the traditional understanding of the purpose of philosophy, which he views as engaged in an impossible and fruitless exercise to get at reality. In practically...
Solar Catastrophe: Lyotard, Freud, and the Death-Drive
Jean-Francois Lyotard's "Can Thought Go On Without a Body?"-the opening chapter from his 1991 collection The Inhuman1-is a brilliantly incisive example of a now apparently defunct genre: the philosophical essay. However, my aim here is neither to provide...
The Hyper-Dialectic in Merleau-Ponty's Ontology of the Flesh
In his last, uncompleted work, The Visible and the Invisible, Merleau-Ponty develops a unique phenomenological method that he calls the hyper-dialectic. What are the origins of this method? From whence does it proceed? What are its grounds? What can...
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