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. 61, No. 3, Summer

An Arendtian Recognitive Politics: The Right to Have Rights as a Performance of Visibility
In his Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel describes the essence of recognition with the following words: "Self-consciousness exists in and for itself when, and by the fact that, it so exists for another; that is, it exists only in being acknowledged [als...
Camus and the Virtues (with and beyond Sherman)
GETTING THE CLAIM RIGHT: CAMUS AND THE "CONQUERING VIRTUES"Pressed in a 1945 interview about his oft-protested distance from the existentialism of Sartre and others, Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus at first disavowed the title of "philosopher"...
Differences in Becoming: Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze on Individuation
In the last years, it has become fashionable, especially in the Anglo-American world, to summarize a certain generation of French philosophers coming after structuralism as philosophers of difference. What this generation has undoubtedly in common is...
Does Leibniz Have Any Place in a History of Racism?
There has been a renewed interest in Leibniz's involvement in the development of the 'science' of race and racism. Notably, Peter Fenves's 2005 article "Imagining an Inundation of Australians; or, Leibniz on the Principles of Grace and Race" and its...
From Eyesight to Insight: Descartes's Dream of a World without Images
On November 10, 1619, René Descartes had three amazing dreams, an experience which he later called "the most important thing in his life" (Maritain 1969: 21).1 These dreams are strange and wonderful in every respect-rich in imagery and unrestrained imagination,...
Humans and Animals: Way of Life and Transcendence
The animal is excluded from the essential domain of the strife between unconcealedness and concealedness. The sign of this essential exclusion is that no animal or plant 'has the word.'-Heidegger, Parmenides[I]f a???e?a [aletheia] as unconcealedness...
Italian New Realism and Transcendental Philosophy: A Critical Account
IntroductionLet us imagine, for a moment,to be conversing with the representative of a community of people living on an island very far away from the continent about the color of the holy stone they adore, which they firmly affirm to be white when it...
Lacan and the Philosophical Soul
Having a relation with one's own body as stranger is certainly one possibility that the fact of using the verb to have expresses. One's body, one has it, but one is to no degree it [son corps, on l'a, on ne l'est a aucun degré]. This is what makes one...
Logics of Scission: The Subject as "Limit of the World" in Badiou and Wittgenstein
1.In his essay The Thought, Gottlob Frege prominently claims in accordance with his famous critique on "psychologism" that the Pythagorean theorem was "timelessly true, true independently of whether anyone takes it to be true."1 Even more so, it was...
Neither Ghost nor Machine: Kant, Epigenesis, and the Life of the Mind
Kant's longstanding interests in science have been well documented. There are numerous studies devoted to Kant's early work on cosmology in his Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens (1755), and of course also to his interests in physics...
Organicism and Perspectivism from Leibniz to Hegel: On Mensch's <i>Kant's Organicism</i>
The combination of the title and subtitle of Kant's Organicism:Epigenesis and Development of Critical Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2013) may be surprising at first. The term "organicism," in its broad meaning, might refer to a philosophical...
Race, Reason, and Cultural Difference in the Work of Emmanuel Eze
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the discipline of philosophy in the "West" is how it will situate itself in relation to the rest of the world. The problem is not unique to philosophy but is one manifestation of the challenge raised by globalization...
Responsibility and the Physical Body: Paul Ricoeur on Analytical Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science, and the Task of Phenomenological Hermeneutics
Although Paul Ricoeur finds without doubt much inspiration in analytical philosophy for developing his own phenomenological hermeneutics, only recently have Ricoeur scholars begun paying considerable attention to his relation with Anglo-American philosophy....
Some Ways to Speculative Aesthetics
For my friends in PermThe Emergence of Aesthetics in Contemporary Speculative PhilosophyWhen the landmark edited collection The Speculative Turn was published in 2011 the theme of aesthetics was for the most part absent from the book's twenty-five essays...
The Critical Function of the Epigenesis of Reason and Its Relation to Post-Kantian Intellectual Intuition
The Kant in Jennifer Mensch's book Kant's Organicism:Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy (2013) is a more interesting, more well-rounded and, I think, more relevant Kant than the Kant we, in the Anglophone world, have become familiar...
The Education of Philosophy: From Canguilhem and the Teaching of Philosophy to Foucault's Discipline and Punish
So far, there is no philosophy that one could learn. For where is it? Who has got it in his possession, and by what characteristics can it be recognized? One can only learn to philosophize.-Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, "Architectonic,"A838/B866; quoted...
The Metaphysics of the Epigenesis of Reason: On Jennifer Mensch's Kant's <i>Organicism</i>
It is not enough to say, Jennifer Mensch argues, that, in addition to his more familiar interest in reconciling Newtonian physics and Leibnizian metaphysics, Kant nurtured an abiding awareness of the life sciences of his day. These were not inert, isolated...
The Thought of Matter: Materialism, Conceptuality, and the Transcendence of Immanence
Richard A. Lee Jr., The Thought of Matter: Materialism, Conceptuality, and the Transcendence of Immanence (2015). Rowman &amp; Littlefield International. 152 pages.In recent years, research on theories of philosophical materialism has achieved a renewed...
Understandings and Standings Under: Hermeneutics, the New Realisms, and Our (Baconian) Idols
The push to adopt the outlook of the so-called New Realism comes in many forms and through many venues. These settings range from intra-disciplinary to inter-disciplinary debates, and from big scale funding and smaller scale hiring decisions-at all levels...
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