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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. 60, No. 4, Fall

Beni Vacanti
1Inheritance' and 'heredity' had for a long time been the same word. To be more precise, the second preceded the first by virtue of the Latin word hereditas up until its more or less obsolete use in languages of Latin lineage. In French, for example,...
Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man: On Descartes's Passions of the Soul
Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man: On Descartes's Passions of the SoulRichard F. Hassing, Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man: On Descartes's Passions of the Soul (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015)Of Descartes's major...
Comments on Shannon Sullivan's Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism
Comments on Shannon Sullivan's Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-RacismShannon Sullivan provides a diagnosis for the problems with the social scripts that middle-class, anti-racist white people think make them good, yet which...
En-Counterings of Time
There are words that leap out of the circle of conceptual determinations.1 However old they might be, they give, however they are taken up, something to be thought which cannot be properly grasped through traditional concepts or, for that matter, by...
"Eternity, from Afar into Intimacy": Time and History in the Letters of Martin Heidegger to Hannah Arendt
"The work is reflected in the letters-or is it rather the reverse?" -Martin Heidegger to Hannah Arendt, September 29,1967"And yet it often seems to me as if what has been [das Gewesene] converges on a single moment [einen einzigen Augenblick] that salvages...
Facticity and Poietics in History: Miki Kiyoshi's Reading of Heidegger
Destiny [Geschick] is not composed of individual fates [Schicksalen], nor can being-with-one-another be conceived of as the mutual occurrence of several subjects. These fates are already guided beforehand in being-with-one-another in the same world and...
Fragments on the Philosophy of History
History, the thought of history, begins today with a series of negations. History is no longer mythos, it can no longer be salvational history or a period that would need to be interpreted in messianic terms. It can no longer be conceived as teleology,...
From Ideality to Historicity, What Happens? the Problem of the Origin of Geometry in the Formation of Derrida's Early Conception of History 1
1. Historicity and the Origin of Geometry1.1 Geometry as Prototype of Pure HistoricityIn his lecture about "Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity" (1935), also known as "The Vienna Lecture" Edmund Husserl describes the development of Greek philosophy...
History, Improvised A Short Dialogue between Jean-Luc Nancy and Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback
MC: We are attempting a dialogue about history. No shortage of difficulties becomes apparent, but above all the difficulty of beginning. How to begin such a dialogue? To go back over all that has been said about history, about the distinction between...
History, Today
The question that orients this collection of essays is about the difficulty today of giving a sense to what is called "history." Current discussions about and research into the meaning of history in the last decades confirm an epistemological substitution:...
Hope without Optimism
Hope without OptimismTerry Eagleton, Hope without Optimism (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015)Isaiah Berlin famously identified two kinds of thinkers: the fox, who knows many small things, and the hedgehog, who knows one large thing....
I Love Myself When I Am . . . What? A Response to Shotwell and Sundstrom on Good White People
I Love Myself When I Am . . . What? A Response to Shotwell and Sundstrom on Good White PeopleI am very fortunate to have Alexis Shotwell and Ronald Sundstrom comment on my book Good White People.1 Their readings are careful and thought-provoking, helping...
Natural History Today
In the era of ecological transformations that are unprecedented in human history-especially the complex phenomena that have been grouped under the titles "climatic change" and "sixth extinction"-it has become necessary to ask what the place of nature...
The Apocalypse of Blanchot
The belief that we might be the gleaming signs of the fire's writing, written in everyone, legible only in me, the one who answers.-Blanchot, The Last ManThe other history would be a feigned history, which is not to say that it is a mere nothing, but...
The Fragility of the Present and the Task of Thinking: Heidegger, Thinker of the Future 1
1.RESPONSIBILITY AND FRAGILITYA priori, we might believe that, where the aim is to affirm a task of thinking, there is no fragility of the present. And, inversely, we might believe that, where a constitutive fragility of thinking is affirmed, the very...
The Hopeless
IWho dares to affirm that there is still hope without an intimate sense that he is engaging in some manipulative endeavour, or without a shared sense that he is placing the notion of hope between ineluctable quotation marks? Who dares to affirm that...
The Nonhuman Turn/Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large
The Nonhuman Turn/Quantum Anthropologies: Life at LargeRichard Grusin, ed., The Nonhuman Turn (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).Vicki Kirby, Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011).Human Exceptionalism...
The Problem with Loving Whiteness: A Response to S. Sullivan's Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism
The Problem with Loving Whiteness: A Response to S. Sullivan's Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-RacismShannon Sullivan's work on racialization and habits, and on relationality and transaction, has been important to my philosophical...
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