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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. 62, No. 1, Winter

Alexandre Kojève: Authority/Temporality/Community
IMe dijo que su libro se llamaba El libro de arena, porque ni el libro ni la arena tienen ni principio ni fin. (Borges 2011:149)In the presentation of the Introduction to the System of Knowledge (ISS),1 Kojeve (1990: 27-63) engages in several attempts...
A Poststructuralist Interpretation of Art: Blanchot's Reading of Sade
1.IntroductionIn 1806, eight years before his death, the famous aristocratic libertine Donatien-Alphonse-François de Sade stipulated in his will that acorns should be sown on his grave. The motivation for this request was the desire to disappear from...
(Dis)Engaging with Race Theory: Feminist Philosophy's Debate on "Transracialism" as a Case Study
Rebecca Tuvel's article "In Defense of Transracialism" (Tuvel 2017) has been denounced for, among other things, "an insufficient engagement with the field of critical race theory" (Heyes 2017), while others, such as Sally Haslanger (2017) and Shannon...
Event, Death, and Poetry: The Death of the Other in Derrida's "Rams"
The theme of the event has received significant attention within current debate in continental philosophy, especially around several appropriations of Martin Heidegger's work on the event (das Ereignis) in French philosophy.1 This turn to the theme of...
History as Chiasm, Chiasm as History
[W]e give history its sense [sens] but not without history offering us that sense. ... There is an exchange between generalized existence and individual existence; both receive and both give.-Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception'This paper connects...
Introduction: Futures of the Theological Turn
The occasion for this special topic was a happy one for myself personally. My monograph, The Contemplative Self after Michel Henry: A Phenomenological Theology, was launched in Dublin in March 2016, following from a symposium on the theological turn...
Justice and Mercy: Phenomenological Explorations of Theological Space
The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest, It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes. -Portia, in Merchant of Venice 4.1.180-3Efforts to render phenomenology open to...
On Intellectual Generosity: A Response to Rebecca Tuvel's "In Defense of Transracialism"
In approaching the question of transracialism, I would follow Foucault in insisting on the political nature of ontologies, and particular of social ontologies. Consequently, I am less interested in whether we should say that Dolezal is white, or Black,...
Paul Ricœur and the "Theological Turn" in French Phenomenology
I.IntroductionDominique Janicaud sets himself a series of tasks in The Theological Turn of French Phenomenology1 (French original 1991): (1) to put in historical perspective the previous thirty or so years of French phenomenology; then (2) to conduct...
Phenomenology and Theology: Respecting the Boundaries
Dominique Janicaud denounced the "theological turn in French phenomenology"1 as a betrayal of the basic project of phenomenology, namely the effort to re-establish philosophy on secure premises, as a "rigorous science."2 After stout denials that any...
Poetry as Dark Precursor: Nietzschean Poetics in Deleuze's "Literature and Life"
[T]he power of language... implies an always excessive Idea of poetry. -Deleuze, Difference and RepetitionThe present article will attempt to use the Nietzschean "poetics" distilled from Nietzsche's Gay Science (as I have elaborated elsewhere), as an...
Race and Method: The Tuvel Affair
I.IntroductionIn the spring of 2017, the journal Hypatia published an article by Rebecca Tuvel that argued in favor of both the existence of and the advisability of so-called transracialism as a socially accepted personal identity marker. The response...
Racial Transitions and Controversial Positions: Reply to Taylor, Gordon, Sealey, Hom, and Botts
My article "In Defense of Transracialism" argues that considerations in rightful support of transgender identity extend to transracial identity. The impetus for my article was the 2015 controversy over Rachel Dolezal-the former NAACP chapter head who...
The Myth of the Given? the Future of Phenomenology's Theological Turn
I.Two Types of GivennessModern philosophy, from its Cartesian inception up to the current "analytic versus continental" division, has sought to elucidate the field of evidence known as the "given." Descartes anticipates the vexing problem of the given...
The Passion of Grace: Love, Beauty, and the Theological Re-Turn
The mutual influence of philosophy and theology can be traced through the history of Western Philosophy b ack to Aquinas and (with a certain anachronism) further back than that. If we can speak of a "theological turn" in phenomenology, then we would...
There's No Regime beyond Representation: Deconstructing Rancière's Antinomies
IntroductionJacques Ranciere is a thinker of emancipation. His philosophical view is led by his effort to rethink various politics of semantic sharing. By constructing the problems to be solved, philosophy opens new spaces for thinking and transforms...
Thinking through Rejections and Defenses of Transracialism
Bad faith, I would like the reader to bear in mind, is an attitude that is ashamed of itself. Manifestations of the phenomenon thus often take the form of appeals to a variety of resources of evasion, such as the denial of its possibility, the hubris...
Transracialism and White Allyship: A Response to Rebecca Tuvel
Rebecca Tuvel's defense of transracialism begins with the claim that "considerations that support transgenderism extend to transracialism."1 In January 2017, I was invited to respond to this argument at the meeting of the Eastern APA. Below are my comments...
Was There A Theological Turn in Phenomenology?
[A]gainst the warm softness of a phenomenon, we must develop the murderous tenacity of knowledge.-Foucault, Lectures on the Will to KnowDominique Janicaud's description, and critique, of the "theological turn" in French phenomenology is now well known:...
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