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. 2, Spring

Absence of Soil, Historicity, and Goethe in Heidegger's Being and Time: Sheehan on Faye
In the summer issue of 2015, Philosophy Today published a paper by Thomas Sheehan entitled "Emmanuel Faye: The Introduction of Fraud into Philosophy?" (EF), in which Sheehan rebukes, in extraordinarily strong terms, Faye's book on Heidegger's introduction...
Action and Forgetting: Bergson's Theory of Memory
Bergson's theory of memory has been and still is the object of diverse interpretations that are often contradictory and unjustly dismissive, when it is not simply ignored. This paper attempts to restore the coherence and soundness of the theory by tying...
Adversity and Practices of Painting: Merleau-Ponty, Monet, and Joan Mitchell
If Merleau-Ponty was perhaps less than sympathetic to the emergence of abstract painting and sculpture in the mid-twentieth century, his prominent focus, in both the 1954 lecture course on Institution and in "Eye and Mind," on the transition from the...
Benjamin, Einstein, Nietzsche: Some Remarks on the Conclusion to the Republic of the Living
The following remarks were originally written for a colloquium held at DePaul University around The Republic of the Living; although revised, my remarks are still conceived as questions intended for further discussion. When I first read the preface to...
Cosmopolitan Political Theology in Cohen and Rosenzweig
INTRODUCTIONHermann Cohen and Franz Rosenzweig have been credited with the "renewal of Jewish religious philosophy" in the twentieth century.1 The expression is ambiguous, and it has led to a division of labor between philosophical and theological receptions...
Ernst Bloch's Laboratorium Possibilis Salutis: On the Humane Ideal in History
The concept of the world as a "Laboratorium possibilis Salutis" represents a condensation of Ernst Bloch's imaginative understanding of the world and of history.1 This evocative phrase indicates a plane in which history does not entirely coincide with...
Eternal Life and the Time of Death: Biopolitical Threat and Miguel Vatter's Republic of the Living
Where survival sickness reigns, the desire to live lays hold spontaneously of the weapons of death: senseless murder and sadism flourish. For passion destroyed is reborn in the passion for destruction. If these conditions persist, no one will survive...
From Bare Life to Eternal Life: Response to Morejón, Ricciardi, and Fenves
Let me begin by thanking Peg Birmingham for generously offering to organize the original book discussion at DePaul University in January 2015, out of which developed this written exchange. I am very grateful to Peter Fenves, Alessia Ricciardi, and Gil...
L'affaire Faye: Faut-Il Brûler Heidegger? A Reply to Fritsche, Pégny, and Rastier
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)INTRODUCTION: FIVE POINTSI'll begin by laying my cards on the table.1. Datum et concessum: There is no question in my mind-and I hope in no one else's-that Heidegger was a contemptible anti-Semite throughout...
National Socialism, Anti-Semitism, and Philosophy in Heidegger and Scheler: On Peter Trawny's Heidegger & the Myth of a Jewish World-Conspiracy
Peter Trawny, Heidegger & the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy, trans. Andrew J. Mitchell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).Glasses can be half-empty or half-full, and a beige-colored vest a stained white one or a brightened brown one.1...
Ontology of Movement: Painting and Cinema According to Merleau-Ponty 1
Merleau-Ponty's last ontology is an ontology of movement, namely a theory of Being as movement. In addressing the fundamental issues of such an ontology, for which Being is an expressive movement, my starting point will be Merleau-Ponty's reflections...
Response to Miguel Vatter's the Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society
One of the great pleasures for me in reading Miguel Vatter's The Republic of the Living has been to see how he reinterprets and criticizes the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben.1 Miguel produces a Deleuzian reading of Agamben, not in the sense of finding...
Secularizing Kenosis: Review of Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition: Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition, by Paolo Diego Bubbio
Secularizing Kenosis: Review of Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition: Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition, by Paolo Diego BubbioPaolo Diego Bubbio, Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition: Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition...
The Melancholic and Messianic Allure of Venice, or How Best to Access the Inaccessible
According to a conception that is only implicitly contained in the Platonic critique of poetry, but that has in modern times acquired a hegemonic character, the scission of the word is construed to mean that poetry possesses its object without knowing...
The Problem of Authority in Arendt and Aristotle
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Justice refers to the ethical category of the existing, virtue the ethical category of the demanded.-Walter Benjamin, Notes to a Work on the Category of JusticeIf there is a predicament, one in which...
The Right of Reply to Professor Sheehan
In his derogatory article, published in the 2015 summer issue of Philosophy Today,1 Thomas Sheehan resorted to an insult,2 a vilification, reporting the conversations that only he and Emmanuel Faye were privy to (pp. 370-72), and deliberately violated...
Through the Fold: A Jointure of Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Luc Nancy
In a short paper bearing the title "The Deleuzian Fold of Thought" (1996), Jean-Luc Nancy engages a concept that has a prominent place in contemporary continental philosophy, the fold, so as to accentuate a shared tendency that nevertheless estranges...
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