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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. 58, No. 2, Spring

Comment on Johanna Oksala's Foucault, Politics, and Violence
Is violence an ineliminable feature of politics?1 In Foucault, Politics, and Violence, Johanna Oksala answers no.2 In order to make her case, she not only questions dominant understandings of the relationship between politics and violence offered within...
Comments on Johanna Oksala's Foucault, Politics, and Violence
I would like to begin by recalling a classical (Socratic) dictum: reason is peace, power is war.1 To engage in dialogue and deliberation, to seek after knowledge and truth, is to pursue the way of discourse and to abjure the avenues of combat and struggle....
Does Death Make Us Equal?
I. INTRODUCTIONDeath and mortality raise, rather obviously, difficult issues of social and political equality and inequality. People in different countries and different socio-economic classes face their deaths-and the oftenpainful processes of dying...
Foucault, Politics, and Violence: A Response to Jana Sawicki and Kevin Thompson
Before responding to Jana's and Kevin's questions and critical concerns, let me start by saying something about my motives for writing this book. Hopefully this will not be a pointless personal detour, but will make it easier for me to answer some of...
Further Considerations of Alienation
This essay will attempt to add to and expand upon a recent publication entitled "Merleau-Ponty and a Reconsideration of Alienation."' While this earlier essay lays out Merleau-Ponty's alternative to the modernist view of the subject as a rational interior...
Heidegger's "Productive Dialogue with Marxism"
The title of this article cites Heidegger's "Brief über den 'Humanismus,'" his letter "concerning" or "over" humanism, sent in the autumn of 1946 in reply to a letter from Jean Beaufret, often referred to as the Humanismusbrief or "Humanism Letter."2...
Joyful Rhythm: Emotion, Expression, and the Birth of Meaning in Merleau-Ponty
Recently a fair amount of attention has been paid to the concept of expression in Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. As a number of authors have pointed out, this concept plays an important role not only in Merleau-Ponty's theory of language, but also in his...
Merleau-Ponty's Thinking Eye
I. DRAWING FROM MERLEAU-PONTY'S INSIGHTS ON THE AWAKENING OF CONSCIOUSNESSThe time has apparently come to revisit existing theories of mind, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty is once again the subject of intense interest, both from stern critics2 and from undiscerning...
The Freedom to Lie
1. The Ideal of Freedom and the Soclal ContractThe principle of the modern world is freedom of subjectivity.-Hegel'Hegel's assertion that freedom is the principle that determines subjectivity resonates with the feelings of every protester against dictatorial...
Watching 9/11: In the Time of the Event
Abstract:Taking an image by Thomas Hoepker as its starting point, this essay examines the discontinuities and contradictions that appear around the contemporary rhetoric of the'event' as given particular instantiation in the destruction of the World...
Writing, Embodiment, Deferral: Merleau-Ponty and Derrida on the Origin of Geometry
1.1961: Rupture or Continuity?Many believe the logic of the history of ideas implies that an intellectual decade takes shape in reaction to the one that precedes it. According to this line of thinking, it has often been purported that the 1960s were...
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