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. 4, Fall

An Open Letter to Philosophy Today
The subject of this open letter to Philosophy Today is Thomas Sheehan's paper "Emmanuel Faye: The Introduction of Fraud into Philosophy?" (Philosophy Today 59:3 [Summer 2015]: 367-400). This Open Letter discusses the current state of studies on Heidegger...
Comments on Henry Somers-Hall, Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation
Henry Somers-Hall has written a book1 that is much needed, and in many ways. We need it, for one thing, to understand a striking feature of Deleuze's thought-striking at least to the novice reader (and I claim to be nothing more). While some of Deleuze's...
Deleuze, Diversity, and Chance: A Response to McCumber and Ramey
First, I would like to thank John McCumber and Joshua Ramey for taking the time to read through my book, and to come up with such insightful comments throughout. In writing the book, I tried to be as balanced as possible, particularly in my reading of...
Economy of Turbulence: How to Escape from the Global State of Emergency?
Usually, a state of emergency refers to an exceptional situation during which a government can suspend the law, freedom, and fundamental rights. As Giorgio Agamben argues in State of Exception,The voluntary creation of a permanent state of emergency...
Emergency and Event: Technique, Politics, and the Work of Art
There is a sentence by Heidegger that I find absolutely pertinent to the current European political and economic situation. According to Heidegger, the "only emergency is the lack of emergency." I interpret emergency as "opposition," and this brings...
Emergency, Climate Change, and the Hermeneutic Virtues
Hermeneutic weak thought is the thought of the weak, of those who are not satisfied with the established principles imposed on them and who demand different rights, that is, other interpretations. In this politics of interpretation, conversation becomes...
Green Scare
What is an environmental emergency? Is it temporally finite, a break in the habitual rhythms of everyday life? How do you know when it hits? Does it suddenly suspend time, or, does it speed it up? Or, does the time of emergency linger to the point where...
Introduction to the Special Issue: The Emergency of Philosophy
Yet from where does the emergency of the future of philosophy come? Must not philosophy itself-in the act of beginning-first awaken this emergency? Such emergency stands on this side of misery and grief, which always roam merely in some corner of established...
Ordinary Emergences in Democratic Theory: An Interview with Bonnie Honig
Apolitical scientist working at the intersection of political theory and the critical humanities, Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media, and Political Science, at Brown University. She was previously assistant and associate...
Philosophy at a Crossroads
We are told that the 'state of emergency' that thought is in is the rule rather than the exception. But the task is to provoke the real state of emergency: the expansion of thought.1The Consolation of PhilosophyAnicius Boethius was in prison, sentenced...
Poverty as Emergency: A Radical (Re)form of Life?
If you are not poor, you cannot philosophize.-Antonio Negri1The word poverty is omnipresent. You can hear it on the streets and in private conversations, you can find it on the Internet and in the newspapers every day. In particular after the financial...
Poverty's Emergency
Exception and PovertyIn his eighth thesis on the philosophy of history, Walter Benjamin draws a famous lesson from what he calls "the tradition of the oppressed," namely that "the 'state of emergency' in which we live is not the exception but the rule."1...
Propositions on Emergency
Predefinablessense: Things can be held or beheld, defined or dealt with, because they inhabit a sense-dimension. To see things is to see past them. The here and now are meaningful only in a distance and a span. The apparently immediate needs a medium...
Questions for Henry Somers-Hall's Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference
Henry Somers-Hall has written a great work of scholarship that does much more than simply compare Deleuze and Hegel. He shows in a profound way that both Hegel and Deleuze are working to overcome inadequacies in Kant's transcendental project, and that...
Religious Truth and Secular Scandal: Kierkegaard's Pathology of Offense
In the editorial accompanying the 2005 publication of satirical cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten, Flemming Rose, offered a preemptive defense of the satire along political lines: "Modern, secular [sekulære]...
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