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. 60, No. 3, Summer

Being and Information: On the Meaning of Vattimo
A philosophy, such as Gianni Vattimo's, which cedes thought's quest for certain knowledge of objective structures to interpretations of historically conditioned circumstances, would seem to surrender its own claims to validity and relevance to the vagaries...
Ellen Feder's Making Sense of Intersex and the Issue of Sexual Difference
In the introduction to her book Making Sense of Intersex, Ellen Feder writes:While I think many people believe that the urgent status attributed to the birth of a child with atypical sex gives truth to, or perhaps exemplifies, Irigaray's claim that sexual...
Essere Italiano: The Provenance of Vattimo
1.INTRODUCTION: VATTIMO'S POLITICAL LIBERALISMLike most late modern mainland European thinkers, Gianni Vattimo is sceptical of the putative neutrality and independence of the Enlightenment model of reason. Yet, whereas this suspicion in many of his contemporaries...
Gianni Vattimo and the (Political) Challenge of Thought
Translated by Stephan Strunz1Overcoming and twisting the rifts of ambiguity appears to be the essential constant in Gianni Vattimo's career-no matter whether as a politician, philosopher or committed intellectual. Seeking fundamental social and cultural...
Gianni Vattimo's Media Philosophy and Its Relevance to Digital Media
1.TECHNOLOGY AND THE QUESTION OF VIOLENCE: APPROACHING VATTIMO'S MEDIA PHILOSOPHYTwo lines of questioning led me to discover and appreciate the work of Gianni Vattimo, and eventually to complete a doctoral dissertation on him. Both these lines have marked...
Hermeneutic Communism And/or Hermeneutic Anarchism
1.INTRODUCTIONThe position I will advocate in what follows can be summarized thusly: In problematizing the prejudices of modern politics (and the political project of modernity), hermeneutic philosophy does not engage in championing a leftist or rightist...
Making Sense of Making Sense of Intersex
Just when you think nothing more could be added to intersex scholarship . . begins Suzanne Kessler's blurb on the back of Ellen Feder's new book, Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine. This is an interesting gambit for...
On Machiavelli, as an Author, and Passages from His Writings
TRANSLATORS' INTRODUCTIONWhat follows is the first English translation of the majority of Fichte's "Ueber Machiavell, als Schriftsteller, und Stellen aus seinen Schriften"1 For sake of space, we have chosen not to include English translations of Fichte's...
Renewing Materialism: Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala and the Hermeneutical Option for the Poor
It is well established how Gianni Vattimo's signature contribution to hermeneutical philosophy in "weak thought" is not simply post-metaphysical, but involves a repudiation of metaphysics, both for its historic linkage with violent regimes of power and...
Sex, Ethics, and Method: Response to Heyes and Käll
I thank Cressida Heyes and Lisa Käll for their careful and generous readings, and especially for the questions they pose. Even as Heyes and Käll raise very different kinds of concerns, each fundamentally requires that I reflect more carefully upon the...
Theses on Weak Ecology
I. WEAK THOUGHT IS NOT A MERE INVERSION OF THE IDEAL OF STRENGTH ON THE UNDERSIDE OF METAPHYSICS. IT MARKS A SHIFT FROM METAPHYSICAL ECONOMY TO POSTMETAPHYSICAL ECOLOGY.1We live at a time of metaphysical backlash. Behaving as though deconstruction and...
Vattimo at 80: A Hermeneutic Reality Check
This small volume of essays marks the 80th birthday of philosopher Gianni Vattimo, which was celebrated on January 4 of this year. It is not a broad, sweeping assessment of his work to date, nor an occasion to assemble his most noted friends, fans, and...
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