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Vattimo, Gianni 1936-

Works: 683 works in 2,403 publications in 10 languages and 34,453 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Poetry  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Director, Compiler, Interviewee, Honoree, Other, wpr, Contributor, Dedicatee, dir, Originator, Translator, win, pre, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., coo
Classifications: B3654.V383, 200
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The future of religion by Richard Rorty( )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though coming from different and distinct intellectual traditions, Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo are united in their criticism of the metaphysical tradition. The challenges they put forward extend beyond philosophy and entail a reconsideration of the foundations of belief in God and the religious life. They urge that the rejection of metaphysical truth does not necessitate the death of religion; instead it opens new ways of imagining what it is to be religious - ways that emphasize charity, solidarity, and irony. This unique collaboration, which includes a dialogue between the two philosophers, is notable not only for its fusion of pragmatism (Rorty) and hermeneutics (Vattimo) but also for its recognition of the limits of both traditional religious belief and modern secularism."--Jacket
After Christianity by Gianni Vattimo( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of Europe's foremost philosophers contemplates the future of religion in the postmodern world."
The responsibility of the philosopher by Gianni Vattimo( )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he outlines his ideas about the philosopher's role, Vattimo builds an important companion to his life's work. He confronts questions of science, religion, logic, literature, and truth, and passionately defends the power of hermeneutics to engage with life's conundrums. Vattimo conjures a clear vision of philosophy as something separate from the sciences and the humanities but also intimately connected to their processes, and he explicates a conception of truth that emphasizes fidelity and participation through dialogue."--Pub. desc
Art's claim to truth by Gianni Vattimo( )

35 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First collected in Italy in 1985, Art's Claim to Truth is considered by many philosophers to be one of Gianni Vattimo's most important works. Newly revised for English readers, the book begins with a challenge to Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel, who viewed art as a metaphysical aspect of reality rather than a futuristic anticipation of it. Following Martin Heidegger's interpretation of the history of philosophy, Vattimo outlines the existential ontological conditions of aesthetics, paying particular attention to the works of Kandinsky, which reaffirm the ontological implications
A farewell to truth by Gianni Vattimo( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Western cultures becoming more pluralistic, the question of "truth" in politics has become a game of interpretations. Today, we face the demise of the very idea of truth as an objective description of facts, though many have yet to acknowledge that this is changing. Gianni Vattimo explicitly engages with the important consequences for democracy of our changing conception of politics and truth, such as a growing reluctance to ground politics in science, economics, and technology. Yet in Vattimo's conception, a farewell to truth can benefit democracy, exposing the unspoken issues that underlie all objective claims. The end of absolute truth challenges the legitimacy of policies based on perceived objective necessities--protecting the free market, for example, even if it devastates certain groups or classes. Vattimo calls for a truth that is constructed with consensus and a respect for the liberty of all. By taking into account the cultural paradigms of others, a more "truthful" society--freer and more democratic--becomes possible. In this book, Vattimo continues his reinterpretation of Christianity as a religion of charity and hope, freeing society from authoritarian, metaphysical dogmatism. He also extends Nietzsche's "death of God" to the death of an authoritarian God, ushering in a new, postreligious Christianity. He connects the thought of Martin Heidegger, Karl Marx, and Karl Popper with surprising results and accommodates modern science more than in his previous work, reconciling its validity with an insistence that knowledge is interpretive. Vattimo's philosophy justifies Western nihilism in its capacity to dispense with absolute truths. Ranging over politics, ethics, religion, and the history of philosophy, his reflections contribute deeply to a modern reconception of God, metaphysics, and the purpose of reality." -- Publisher's website
Hermeneutic communism : from Heidegger to Marx by Gianni Vattimo( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism, having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power. In its original Marxist formulation, communism promised an ideal of development, but only through a logic of war, and while a number of reformist governments still promote this ideology, their legitimacy has steadily declined since the fall of the Berlin wall. Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Sant
Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue by Gianni Vattimo( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies often polarizes around simplistic reductions, making efforts at reconciliation impossible. Yet more rational stances do exist, positions that broker a peace between relativism and religion in people's public, private, and ethical lives." "Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith advances just such a dialogue, featuring the collaboration of two major philosophers known for their progressive approach to this issue. Seeking unity over difference, Gianni Vattimo and Rene Girard turn to Max Weber, Eric Auerbach, and Marcel Gauchet, among others, in their exploration of truth and liberty, relativism and faith, and the tensions of new forms of religiously inspired violence." "Vattimo and Girard ultimately conclude that secularism and the involvement (or lack thereof) of religion in governance are, in essence, produced by Christianity. In other words, Christianity is "the religion of the exit from religion," and democracy, civil rights, the free market, and individual freedoms are all facilitated by Christian culture. Through an exchange both intimate and enlightening, Vattimo and Girard share their unparalleled insight into religion, modernity, and the role of Christianity, especially as it exists in our multicultural world."--Jacket
The end of modernity : nihilism and hermeneutics in postmodern culture by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

91 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an elegant analysis of the philosophical background to the post-modernity debate. Vattimo focuses on the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger and shows how their bitter criticisms of modern European thought prepared the way for more recent proclamations of the end of the modern era. Vattimo pursues questions central to aesthetics and hermeneutic philosophy and sides with contemporary philosophers such as Gadamer and Rorty in rejecting the search for stable and transcendent foundations for knowledge. Going beyond their work he introduces the notions of 'weak thought' and 'weak ontology' which, he argues, offer a way of 'going beyond' metaphysics by curing philosophy of the modernist disease and by resituating questions of truth and being within the realm of human experience. -- Description from (April 20, 2012)
Of reality : the purposes of philosophy by Gianni Vattimo( )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We think it is wise to accept reality, rather than fight for something that does not exist or might never be. But in Of Reality, Gianni Vattimo condemns this complacency, with its implicit support of the status quo. Instead he urges us to never stop questioning, contrasting, or overcoming reality, which is not natural, inevitable, or objective. Reality is a construct, reflecting, among other things, our greed, biases, and tendencies toward violence. It is no accident, Vattimo argues, that the call to embrace reality has emerged at a time when the inequalities of liberal capitalism are at their most extreme. Developed from his popular Gifford Lectures, this book advances a critical approach that recovers our interpretive powers and native skepticism toward normative claims. Though he recognizes his ideas invite charges of relativism, the philosopher counters with a discussion of truth, highlighting its longstanding ties to history and social circumstance. Truth is always contingent and provisional, and reason and reasonableness are bound to historical context. Truth is therefore never objective, and resistance to reality is our best hope to defeat the indifference that threatens the scope of freedom and democracy."--Provided by publisher
Truth and interpretation by Luigi Pareyson( )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luigi Pareyson es considerado uno de los tres fundadores de la hermenéutica. Es autor de la renombrada teoría de la formatividad, luz y guía de la estética italiana del siglo XX, sus incursiones en complejas temáticas metafísicas y teológicas han sido fuente de inspiración y de polémica para muchos autores. Esta es su obra más importante sobre hermenéutica
Religion by Jacques Derrida( Book )

37 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What should we make of the return to the sacred evidenced by the new vitality of churches, sects, and religious beliefs in many parts of the world today? What are the boundaries between the essential traits of religion and those of ethics and justice? Is there a 'truth' to religion? This remarkable volume includes reflections on such questions by three of the most important philosophers of our time -- Jacques Derrida, Gianni Vattimo, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Together with other distinguished thinkers, they address a wide range of questions about the meaning, status, and future prospects of religion. In his meditation on the "return of religion, ' entitled 'Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of 'Religion' at the Limits of Mere Reason," Derrida addresses the ways in which this return is intrinsically linked to transformations of which the new media are both the carriers and the symptom. Derrida coins this process one of globalatinization. This neologism signals, among other things, the process of a certain universalization of the Roman word or concept of religion, which tends to become hegemonic, as well as a certain performativity discernible in the new media and in contemporary structures of testimony and confession. Examples of this include, Derrida reminds us, not only the phenomenon of televangelism and televisual stagings of the pope's journeys, and not only the portrayal and self-presentation of Islam, but also the fetishization and becoming virtually absolute of the televisual and the multimedial as such. Using Being and Time as a point of reference, Vattimo suggests that religious experience is both an individual experience and a manifestation of a historical rhythm within which religion regularly appears and disappears. A commentary by Gadamer summarizes and enriches the contributions by Derrida and Vattimo
The transparent society by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

45 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on recent work in hermeneutics, on the pragmatism of Richard Rorty, and on the philosophical writings of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo aims to redefine postmodernism by reexamining its juncture with modernism. He argues that the postmodern condition is linked to the evolution of mass media and the diffusion of communication systems. But he disputes the notion that this development will produce a more enlightened, self-conscious, or "transparent" society. Book jacket."--Jacket
After the death of God by John D Caputo( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Romanian and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It has long been assumed that the more modern we become, the lessreligious we will be. Yet a recent resurrection in faith has challenged thecertainty of this belief. In these original essays and interviews, leadinghermeneutical philosophers and postmodern theorists John D. Caputo and GianniVattimo engage with each other's past and present work on the subject and reflect onour transition from secularism to postsecularism. As two of thefigures who have contributed the most to the theoretical reflections on thecontemporary philosophical turn to religion, Caputo and Vattimo explore the changes, distortions, and reforms that are a part of our postmodern faith and the forcesshaping the religious imagination today. Incisively and imaginatively connectingtheir argument to issues ranging from terrorism to fanaticism and from politics tomedia and culture, these thinkers continue to reinvent the field of hermeneuticphilosophy with wit, grace, and passion."--Jacket
Nietzsche, an introduction by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

58 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Este libro es tanto una lúcida introducción a Nietzsche como una contribución original a los debatescríticos sobre la interpretación y la recepción del filósofo alemán. Vattimo examina la tendencia a centrarse en laobra tardía de Nietzsche y procura mediar entre las dos principales lecturas hermenéuticas: la concepción de Dilthey,para quien la obra de Nietzsche se inscribía en la tradición decimonónica del vitalismo filosófico; y la de Heidegger,para quien el filósofo alemán debe entenderse como el autor de un par de doctrinas ontológicas: la voluntad de poder yel eterno retorno de lo mismo
The adventure of difference : philosophy after Nietzsche and Heidegger by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Gianni Vattimo examines the notion of "difference" in scientific knowledge and contemporary mass society and illustrates the importance of Nietzsche and Heidegger in both formulating the concept and exploring its implications for current debates on the nature of modernity
Belief by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

33 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Gianni Vattimo explores the theme of faith and religion which underlies much of his work. Written in a personal, conversational style, Vattimo examines such concepts as charity, truth, dogmatism, morality and sin through the lens of his own life and his own return to Christianity." "At the center of the book is the enigma of belief. Freed by modernity from its Platonic subordination to knowledge, belief is recovered as a crucial and inevitable feature of our cultural and personal lives. "Do you believe?" Vattimo is asked. "I believe so," he replies." "Through an analysis of his own responses to the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo explores the relationship between the nihilism and his own life as a devout Catholic, leading him to conclude that secularization stems from a Christian impulse, and that nihilism too could only have emerged from a Christian culture." "This original contribution to the contemporary debate on religion will be of interest to scholars and students of theology, religious studies and philosophy."--Jacket
Nihilism & emancipation : ethics, politics, and law by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A marriage of philosophy and practical politics, this collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's many books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo is a paradoxical figure, at once a believing Christian and a vociferous critic of the Catholic Church, an outspoken liberal but not a former communist, and a recognized authority on Nietzsche and Heidegger as well as a prominent public intellectual and member of the European parliament. Building on his unique position as a philosopher and politician. Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our times: Is it still possible, long after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world?"--Jacket
Beyond interpretation : the meaning of hermeneutics for philosophy by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new book by one of Europe's foremost contemporary philosophers is a concise and lucidly argued account of the meaning of hermeneutics for philosophy today. Vattimo develops a new interpretation of hermeneutics that dispenses with the traditional bias toward aesthetic experience. His radical interpretation breaks the link between hermeneutics and metaphysical humanism, challenges the traditional opposition of the natural and human sciences, and opens up new perspectives on ethics, art and religion. Beyond Interpretation will be welcomed by students and researchers in philosophy and social theory
Nihilisme og emancipation : etik, politik, ret by Gianni Vattimo( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lov, ret og etik må konstrueres igennem forhandlinger, demokrati og konsensus. Kun således undgås den polarisering, som truer med at opdele verden i supermarkedskulturen på den ene side og fundamentalisme på den anden
Dialogue with Nietzsche by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than forty years, Gianni Vattimo has been a leading participant in the postwar turn that has brought Nietzsche back to the center of philosophical enquiry. In this collection of his essays on the subject, which is a dialogue both with Nietzsche and with the Nietzschean tradition, Vattimo explores the German philosopher's most important works and discusses his views on the Ubermensch, time, history, truth, hermeneutics, ethics, and aesthetics. He also presents a different, more "Italian" Nietzsche, one that diverges from German and French characterizations."--Jacket
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The future of religion
After ChristianityThe responsibility of the philosopherArt's claim to truthA farewell to truthChristianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogueThe end of modernity : nihilism and hermeneutics in postmodern cultureReligionThe transparent society
Alternative Names
Džanni Vatimo

Gianni Vattimo Italiaans filosoof

Gianni Vattimo italialainen poliitikko

Gianni Vattimo Italian philosopher, politician

Gianni Vattimo italienischer Philosoph und Politiker, MdEP

Gianni Vattimo philosophe et homme politique italien


Vattimo, G.

Vattimo, G. 1936-

Vattimo, G. (Gianni), 1936-

Vattimo Gianni

Vattimo Gianteresio

Vattimo, Gianteresio 1936-

Vattimo , Giovanni

Vattimo Giovanni 1936-....

Ваттимо, Джанни 1936-

Джани Ватимо

Джанни Ваттимо

جياني فاتيمو

جياني فاتيمو، 1936-

جیانی واتیمو سیاست‌مدار و فیلسوف ایتالیایی

ヴァッティモ, G

ヴァッティモ, ジャンニ



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