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. 59, No. 2, Spring

Derrida and the Death Penalty: The Question of Cruelty
In his late work on inherited political concepts, Jacques Derrida's attention became increasingly focused on the deconstructive critique of sovereignty, and he suggested more than once that psychoanalysis represents a key site where the deconstruction...
Disruptions
We never know how our work will be read once it is published and out of our hands. We hope for readers who understand our ideas and for critics who will push our thinking. We cannot, however, be sure that they will materialize. So it is with gratitude...
Framing Rape: Patriarchy, Wartime, and the Spectacle of Genocidal Rape Comment on Debra B. Bergoffen, Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body
Clearly, the epidemic occurrence of genocidal rape, as has happened in numerous war-torn countries and countries embattled by ethnic conflict-requires an urgent thinking-through of the issues at stake and the context in order to understand what a proper...
Lacan and Debt: The Discourse of the Capitalist in Times of Austerity
In his The Making of the Indebted Man, Maurizio Lazzarato (2012b) provided one of the first attempts to inquire into the effects of the creditor and debtor relationship in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In his view, Michel Foucault's influential...
Love and Worldliness in Psychoanalysis and in the Work of Hannah Arendt
What is Love?-Ask him who lives what is life; ask him who adores what is God.-On Love, Percy Bysshe ShelleyLOVE BETWEEN THE PRIVATE AND THE PUBLIC SPHERESHannah Arendt was fundamentally sceptical about psychoanalysis, which she saw as reductionist and...
Of Life That Resists: On Michel Henry's Notion of Self-Affection
As a goal of phenomenological research, identifying the distinctive features of the experience of life rather seems to have fallen by the wayside. In certain respects, this is a surprising development; a properly elaborated notion of life would certainly...
On Truth Content and False Consciousness in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Adorno makes the notion of truth content into the central category for conceptualizing the function of art and critiquing specific artworks. He writes in the draft introduction to Aesthetic Theory: "All aesthetic questions terminate in those of the truth...
Slavoj Zizek on Jacques Derrida, or on Derrida's Search for a Middle Ground between Marx and Benjamin, and His Finding Zizek Instead
INTRODUCTIONIn what has now become almost a caricature of itself, according to Derrida, the West's systematic rendering of historical dialectics functioned as a movement of mediation between two full presences.1 Derrida's subsequent negation of (the...
Strange Life of a Sentence: Saussurean Doctrine and Its Discontents
SAUSSUREANISM AND STRUCTURALISMWithin twentieth-century philosophy and the human sciences, the Course in General Linguistics attributed to Ferdinand de Saussure functions primarily as a site of the official doctrine closely associated with structuralism,...
The Enjoyment of Pure Reasoning: Gilles Deleuze on Marquis De Sade
IntroductionThe French libertine novelist Donatien-Alphonse-François de Sade's (1740-1814) famous last request was that acorns should be sewn onto his tomb. He did not want his name or his literary works to be remembered by those who came after him....
The Order and Connection of Ideology Is the Same as the Order and Connection of Exploitation: Or, towards a Bestiary of the Capitalist Imagination
Of all of the various attempts to define and clarify the recent turn to Spinoza, perhaps the most provocative is offered by Antonio Negri: "in the postindustrial age the Spinozian critique of representation of capitalist power corresponds more to the...
The Traffic in Women Reconsidered: On Debra Bergoffen's Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape
Debra Bergoffen's book joins a growing body of feminist work on the topic of genocidal rape.1 The singularity of her approach in Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body lies in Bergoffen's focus on the...
The Transcendental and Inexistence in Alain Badiou's Philosophy: A Derridean Similarity?
Though Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida circulated in some of the same French academic circles, they rarely had anything to do with one another. While Derrida was alive he never engaged Badiou's work, neither in speech nor in writing. The opposite was...
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