2021-01Thematic Section
Another Kind of Octopus

Abstract: Philosophy nurtures its actuality from questions, or a call that comes from and leads to a lived risk. This paper embraces that risk in directly responding to nine of the fifteen questions in the Call for Papers for the issue, Philosophy as a Way of Life in a Time of Crisis. Attentive to the idea of…

2021-01Thematic Section
Five Principles of Philosophical Health for Critical Times: From Hadot to Crealectics

Abstract: In a world described or experienced as unfair, what can philosophical practitioners propose in order to help individuals and communities strive for a meaningful life? One answer, empirically informed by the author’s practice as philosophical counselor in therapeutic, self-care and organizational contexts, is five principles for the cultivation of philosophical health, namely mental…

2021-01Thematic Section
Living Mindfully Through Crisis: Searching for Life Advice in the “Philosophy-Medicine” of Buddhism

Abstract: This paper examines philosophy as a way of life in a time of crisis by focusing on Buddhism, envisioned as a path exercising the faculty of “mindfulness.” From this standpoint of “Buddhist philosophy as mindful exercise,” and following the Kyōto School’s inspiration of engaging a dialogue with Western traditions, including modern psychology and medicine,…

2021-01Thematic Section
A Good Person for a Crisis? On the Wisdom of the Stoic Sage (in Himself & for Us)

Abstract: Is the Stoic sage a possible or desirable ideal for contemporary men and women, as we enter into difficult times?  Is he, as Seneca presents him, the very best person for a crisis?  In order to examine these questions, Part 1 begins from what Irene Liu calls the “standard” modern conceptions of the…

2021-01Thematic Section
Which School of Ancient Greco-Roman Philosophy is Most Appropriate for Life in a Time of COVID-19?

Abstract: The author argues that ancient Skepticism may be most suited to deal with two crises in the Age of COVID-19: both the physical or epidemiological aspects of the pandemic, and the epistemological and ethical crisis of increasing disbelief in the sciences. Following Michel Bitbol, I suggest one way to mitigate this crisis…

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…