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    The Catastrophe to Come.Anthony Curtis Adler - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):365-383.
    Taking its departure from The Differend’s analysis of Auschwitz as a sign for the evental character of history, I argue that the looming ecological disaster we now face reveals both the continuing relevance and limits of Lyotard’s thought. While the form of political agency of the catastrophe to come involves a differend, this differend cannot be attached to a proper name, however problematic its mode of signification. This, however, suggests the even greater relevance of Lyotard’s treatment, in the conclusion of (...)
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    The Fox and the Hound.Nicole Anderson - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):417-428.
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    Nancy Tuana and Charles E. Scott, Beyond Philosophy: Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa.Walter Brogan - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):411-416.
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    Trans-Genre Lyotard.Erin Graff Zivin - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):345-364.
    If Lyotard is correct to acknowledge the role of commentary in guarding the kernel of misunderstanding at the heart of the ethical phrase when he exclaims, “but isn’t this exactly what commentary does with ethics! It comments upon it as though it were a misunderstanding, and it thereby conserves in itself its own requirement that there be something ununderstood,” he does not account for that which a trans-generic or transmedial “commentary” might permit, what troubling, unanswerable questions it might raise, what (...)
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    Lyotard and the Trolls.Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):261-286.
    The present article examines the contemporary stakes and “application” of The Differend with particular attention to neo-fascist denialism, trolling, and alt-right “free speech” discourse. This entails investigating the text’s own rhetorical performance as well as the shifting attitudes towards the sophistic tradition in The Differend and its precursor text, “On the Force of the Weak.” The article thus also takes up in detail three examples of the characteristic sophistic form of the dilemma or double-bind, two of which are drawn from (...)
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    Rereading The Differend, Rewriting The Differend.Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):227-236.
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    Reiner Schürmann, Tomorrow the Manifold; Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance; and The Philosophy of Nietzsche.John W. M. Krummel - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):405-410.
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    Persuasion and Automation.Leonard Lawlor - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):429-440.
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    The Schema of Institution.Jacques Lezra - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):385-404.
    Regress threatens throughout Lyotard’s Differend, especially where the argument appears to make normative ethical or political claims. How a term, a case or an example “links onto” a phrase serves as a way of examining how instituting can be non-regressively grounded, and with what consequences for abstract political subjectivity. The essay offers an alternative to liberal philosophical and jurisprudential schemata of political institution.
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    Phrasing, Steining.Jan Mieszkowski - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):327-344.
    The thesis of this essay is that Gertrude Stein plays an important role in The Differend, the brevity of her appearance in the book notwithstanding. Scarcely one and a half pages long, Lyotard’s discussion of a string of quotations from Stein is the most sustained consideration of a female author in his text. Lyotard is intrigued by Stein’s efforts to conceive of la phrase less as a form or building block than an event—or rupture—of language. Characterizing her work as écriture (...)
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    Thirty Years in the Pharmacy.Michael Naas - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):441-453.
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    False Differends.Parisa Vaziri - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):237-259.
    The Holocaust serves as a foundational critical resource in postwar philosophy. Interventions into the logic of its exemplarity tend to treat exemplarity as a matter of archival selection that ignores earlier histories of genocide and slavery. A recent example is Alexander Weheliye’s critique of Giorgio Agamben, which seeks to restitute racial slavery as a theoretically significant moment of biological precarity. In a continuation of this logic, this essay introduces the history of Indian Ocean slavery, which precedes transatlantic slavery but is (...)
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    The Silences of Feeling.Naomi Waltham-Smith - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):287-306.
    In Le différend Lyotard evocatively describes what remains to be heard as “the silence of feeling.” Setting Lyotard’s différend among a differentiated set of incommensurable family resemblances, including Rancière’s mésentente and Derrida’s différance, this paper argues that le différend même, far from coinciding with itself, points to the re-marks and differs from itself, silencing itself by putting itself under a conditional. This is what gives its particular affective quality that is bound up with address and listening. From this perspective, it (...)
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    To Give the Differend Its Due.Simon Morgan Wortham - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (2):307-326.
    For Lyotard, “Auschwitz” is named only as the terrible sign of a differend. However, this paper argues that the dissymmetrical address alluded to in a 1993 lecture given by Lyotard for Amnesty, “The Other’s Rights,” makes possible an alternative legacy found in the very formation of civil politics which might itself “rephrase” this differend otherwise, transforming what may be termed “distress” into “rights” without recourse to the type of contractuality that would risk both repressing and compounding a “wrong” by seeking (...)
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    Living Existentially.Jennifer Mei Sze Ang - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):133-147.
    John Cooper and Pierre Hadot suggest that contemporary philosophy can no longer be regarded as a way of life as it has become an academic discipline of study that is theoretical and abstract. According to them, for philosophy to be considered a way of life, it has to be able to shape one’s understanding of the world, guide how one should respond from moment to moment, and reach an existential level in defining one’s being. In this article, I discuss how (...)
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    Comments on Gayle Salamon's The Life and Death of Latisha King. [REVIEW]Talia Mae Bettcher - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):191-198.
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    On Love and the Limits of Theory. [REVIEW]Alisa Bierria - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):207-215.
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  18. Revisiting an Old Quarrel.Jérôme de Gramont & Taylor Knight - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):167-181.
    In this article, the French philosopher Jérôme de Gramont evaluates the modes in which twentieth century philosophy and literature—from Heidegger and Derrida to Blanchot and Beckett—aim to think our being-in-the-world beyond the concept of “man” and without the genus of the human.
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  19. On “How” to Do African Philosophy in African Language.Maduka Enyimba - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):25-37.
    How should African philosophy be done in African Language? In response to this question, I engage Ngugi and Wiredu in their response to this language question in African philosophy. My aim is to appraise and extend their arguments by answering the question of “how” doing African philosophy in African language can be practically achieved. In this regard, I make a case for the creation of an indigenous cultural language that serves as a means of articulating, communicating and disseminating African philosophical (...)
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    Dionyseus Lyseus Reborn.Joshua M. Hall - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):57-74.
    Having elsewhere connected Walter Otto’s interpretation of Dionysus as a politically progressive deity to Huey P. Newton’s vision for the Black Panthers, I here expand this inquiry to a line of Otto-inspired scholarship. First, Alain Daniélou identifies Dionysus and Shiva as the dancing god of a democratic/decolonizing cult oppressed by tyrannical patriarchies. Arthur Evans sharpens this critique of sexism and heteronormativity, concluding that, as Dionysus’s chorus is to Greek tragedy, so Socrates’s circle is to Western philosophy. I thus call for (...)
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    Philosophy’s Persuasiveness of Death.Fiacha Heneghan - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):149-166.
    In his seminars on the death penalty, Derrida argues that Kant’s defense of that punishment is the most rigorous and systematically philosophical. For that same reason, he says, the arguments are especially vulnerable to deconstruction. I argue, in detail, that Derrida’s deconstruction fails if Kant’s distinction between the noumenal and the phenomenal is respected, which Derrida’s arguments do not specifically challenge. I close with some considerations for philosophical opponents of the death penalty. Derrida seeks a condemnation of capital punishment that (...)
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    Zen and Anarchy in Reiner Schürmann.John W. M. Krummel - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):115-132.
    This paper discusses Reiner Schürmann’s notions of ontological anarché and anarchic praxis in his readings of Heidegger and Eckhart, while bringing his philosophy of anarchy into dialogue with Zen-inspired Japanese thought. I thereby hope to shed light on his thought of anarchy in terms of what I call “an-ontology.” The inspiration for this project is the fact that Schürmann himself had practiced Zen as a young adult in France and had engaged in comparative analyses of Zen and Eckhart in his (...)
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    Review of Adriana Cavarero, Surging Democracy: Notes on Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought. [REVIEW]Paula Landerreche Cardillo - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):183-189.
  24. Prolegomena to Any Future Cosmology.Mukasa Mubirumusoke - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):39-55.
    This paper highlights the shortcomings of Georges Bataille’s writings in terms of his failure to address white supremacy and blackness by critically engaging and expanding his cosmological metaphor through the figure of the black hole. The sun is a timeless figure in the history of western thought as an epistemological and ontological metaphor. Bataille offers alternative cosmological interpretations whereby luxurious excess and waste aim to transfigure the traditions of metaphysics, ethics, and political economy. This paper confronts Bataille’s cosmologies and heliotropes (...)
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    Freedom Comes From the Outside.Jean-Luc Nancy, Marie-Eve Morin & Travis Holloway - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):1-11.
    On the one hand, freedom is said to be the property of a subject. On the other, freedom only happens in the space of being-in-common. Freedom, then, is the place of a conflict between the “self” and the “with,” between independence or autonomy and dependence or sharing. Resolving this apparent antinomy requires showing how the with ontologically constitutes the self. This, in turn, allows for a rethinking of freedom beyond what liberal democracy and political economy have to offer, as the (...)
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  26. Reflections on Gayle Salamon's The Life and Death of Latisha King. [REVIEW]Andrea Pitts - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):199-206.
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  27. Heaviness, Suffocation, Loneliness. [REVIEW]Gayle Salamon - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):217-226.
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    Descartes, the Savage, and the Barbarian.Peter Westmoreland - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):75-93.
    Philosophers struggle to identify a conception of race in Descartes’s philosophy. Yet, Descartes was not wholly silent on matters of foreign ethnicity and identity. This paper compares Descartes’s various statements on savages and barbarians, which have never been methodically analyzed. A tensive view emerges across several texts wherein Descartes asserts that all persons are rational while simultaneously presuming the epistemic inferiority of the foreign other construed as “savage” or “barbarous.” Further examination indicates that prejudice against this foreign other is endemic (...)
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  29. A Philology of Survival.Dominik Zechner - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66 (1):95-114.
    Focusing on the works of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and particularly Werner Hamacher, this essay seeks to develop an understanding of “survival” as the medial condition of linguistic structures. In the course of the past century and beyond, the term “survival” has repeatedly been deployed in discussions around the ontological status of linguistic entities. Most prominently, Benjamin finds in “survival” the essence of what he calls “translatability.” He decidedly puts the term in quotations marks to signal its linguistic nature, (...)
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    Reading the Inscriptions of Our Lifeworld: Transgenerational Existence and the Metaphysics of the Grave.Natan Elgabsi - 2022 - Philosophy Today 66.
    This existential phenomenological exploration concerns how writing is not the mere tool for communication and commemoration, or the supplementary image of a memory, but is closely connected to the phenomenon of the grave. The exploration aims to show a transgenerational mode of human existence and moral life, by considering how the becoming of a historical, which is to say a transgenerational subject through the features that writing and the grave together lets us capture, is also importantly bound to the becoming (...)
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