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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. 59, No. 3, Summer

Agonistic Antigone
The papers gathered here press for a variety of reconsiderations of Antigone. It is remarkable that none defends the traditional one (with the possible exception of Vasuki Nesiah's essay which, however, does innovate importantly by relocating Antigone...
Ancient Sisters, Ancient Tears
Antigone, Interrupted attempts to displace mortality and lamentation from their central place in current political theorists' uses of tragedy. Honig argues for a revised vision of politics and of human communities based not on the universal fact that...
Antigone: Natality, Theatricality, and Violence
Antigone's claim that she was born "to share in love" not hate is echoed and shadowed throughout the play by her marriage to death. This vitalist natality has its double in the thanatoerotic force that also drives her. In this sense natalist humanism...
Book Discussion: Bonnie Honig's Antigone, Interrupted
Book Discussion: Bonnie Honig's Antigone, Interrupted (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)The Greeks invented both democracy and theater. And having done this much, they then invented a third thing-political theory-that allowed them to conceptualize...
Can a Language Go Mad? Arendt, Derrida, and the Political Significance of the Mother Tongue
The purpose of this article is to examine Jacques Derrida's criticism of the significance Hannah Arendt ascribes to the mother tongue. Derrida develops this criticism in The Monolingualism of the Other, or the Prosthesis of Origin, challenging Arendt's...
Counter-Sovereignty, Lamentation and Transgressive Publics
Bonnie Honig situates her rich and compelling book in counterpoint to "the Antigone effect" that (she argues) characterizes much of the scholarship on Antigone. Honig's book situates the politics of countersovereignty in opposition to the politics of...
Emmanuel Faye: The Introduction of Fraud into Philosophy?
No one working in contemporary Western philosophy can be unaware that Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks (Gesamtausgabe 94-97, with more to come) confirm what has long been known: that this "greatest philosopher of the twentieth century" was an unabashed...
Ethics and Politics 1
1.In the question of politics, there are always three elements:- There are the people, along with what they do and what they think.- There are organizations: unions, associations, groups, committees. And political parties.2- There are organs of State...
Good Revolutions Gone Bad: Zizek's Critique and Praise of Heidegger's Nazism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)INTRODUCTION: PHILOSOPHY IS REVOLUTIONARY POLITICSWhat unites Zizek's and Heidegger's philosophy is also what sets them apart: revolution. For both, the total transformation of human being is at the same...
Ismene on Horseback and Other Subjects
Throughout her fascinating and provocative book Antigone, Interrupted, Bonnie Honig makes a case for a new reading of Sophocles's Antigone to reclaim an agonistic form of humanism that embraces the sovereignty of individual actors. This connection between...
John Locke in the Twenty-First Century
John Locke in the Twenty-First CenturyEtienne Balibar, Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness, translated by Warren Montag and Introduced by Stella Sandford (London/Brooklyn: Verso, 2013)Poor Descartes. The seventeenth-century...
Levinas, Chauvinism, Disinterest
Europe, that's the Bible and the Greeks. It has come closer to the Bible and to its true fate. Everything else in the world must be included in this. I don't have any nostalgia for the exotic. For me Europe is central.1The arrival on the historical scene...
Levinas on Skepticism, Moral and Otherwise
At the start of Totality and Infinity, Emmanuel Levinas announces a skeptical concern: "Everyone will readily agree that it is of the highest importance to know whether we are not duped by morality."1 The skepticism that looms in this introductory sentence...
Of Remuant Existence
I here put into thy hands, what has been the diversion of some of my idle and heavy hours: if it has the good luck to prove so of any of thine, and thou hast but half so much pleasure in reading, as I had in writing it, thou wilt as little think thy...
Surpassing Philosophical Antagonism? A Critique of Tom Eyers's Post-Rationalism
Surpassing Philosophical Antagonism? A Critique of Tom Eyers's Post-RationalismTom Eyers, Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology, and Marxism in Post-War France (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 217pp.Beginning to delve into a philosophical area with...
Towards a Rethinking of Laclau and Mouffe's Conception of "Social Antagonisms": Agamben's Critique of Relation
One possible way to organize divergent-and even contradictory- conceptions of politics is to distinguish conflict-oriented approaches from consensus-oriented approaches. The latter group is notably represented by the socio-political thought of Jürgen...
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