2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Lyotard’s Missing Face

Preview: /Review: Piotr Schollenberger, Jednostkowość i wydarzenie. Studia z estetyki Lyotarda (Warszawa: Semper, 2019), 283 pages./ Piotr Schollenberger’s book entitled Jednostkowość i wydarzenie. Studia z estetyki Lyotarda (Singularity and the Event. Studies in Lyotard’s Aesthetics) is a thorough and extensive – nearly 300-page – philosophical analysis of a number of topics selected from the vast, polyphonic…

2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Polish Philosophy of Culture Today: A Promising Route for Contemporary Philosophy

Preview: It has been my observation that Poland is unique for having a philosophy of culture tradition that has theoretical depth and insight into the origins and role of philosophy, popular breadth throughout Polish philosophy in a variety of departments, institutes and programs, and for its cultural relevancy. Yet, this tradition is…

2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
To Serve Man? Rod Serling and Effective Destining

Abstract: Popular culture is a vital part of the philosophy of culture. Immersion in the world of popular culture provides an immanent understanding, and after all, some of what is merely popular culture today will be the high culture of tomorrow. The genre of science fiction is one of the more important…

2020-04Forum
Moral of the Novel: Rorty and Nussbaum on the Ethical Role of Literature

Abstract: This paper’s aim is to provide a new interpretation of Martha C. Nussbaum’s and Richard Rorty’s views on the ethical role of literature. I pursue this aim in a threefold manner. First of all, I shortly discuss and provide a critique of previous comparisons by other authors. Afterwards, based on the presented critique of other comparisons,…

2020-04Forum
The Transcendental-Phenomenological Ontology of Persons and the Singularity of Love

Abstract: Reference to persons with personal pronouns raises the issue of the primary referent and its nature. “I” does not refer to a property or cluster of properties. This contrasts with our identifying grasp of persons. A person is a radical singularity and thus stands in contrast to a kind or sortal term. The individuation of persons…

2020-04Thematic Section
The Two Cultures in Philosophy

Abstract: In this paper I revisit the debate concerning the distinction, which is sometimes made between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy. I look at the historical context in which the distinction came to prominence in the twentieth century, the reasons why it subsequently declined in popularity, and eventually had begun to be undermined. I argue that…

2020-04Thematic Section
Modern Socratic Dialogue and Resilient Democracy: Creating the Clearing for an American Bildung

Abstract: This article puts forth Modern Socratic Dialogue as a pedagogical tool for cultivating an American Bildung. Beginning with Michael Hogue’s work on “resilient democracy,” an associational ethos that is vulnerable and based on our lived uncertainty. To further establish this American Bildung, I investigate what it means to be American. Drawing from the…

2020-04Thematic Section
Derrida’s Umbrapolitics: Marrano “Living Together”

Abstract: This essay focuses on political implications of Derrida’s messianicité as a form of Marrano messianism: a universal vision of community “out of joints” which, despite its disjointedness and inner separation, nonetheless addresses itself as “we” (although always in inverted commas). By referring to the generalized “Marrano experience” – the fate of those Sephardic…

2020-04Thematic Section
On Gadamerian Hermeneutics: Fusions of Horizons, Dialogue, and Evolution(s) within Culture as Dynamic System of Meaning

Abstract: Culture as a dynamic system of meaningful relations can naturally accommodate a hermeneutic analysis. In this essay, the notion of Gadamer’s hermeneutics as involving interpretable meaning throughout experiential reality permits a natural concordance with an understanding of culture as meaningful. The Gadamerian idea that prejudices inform the horizons that make our experiences…