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  • A Farewell to Truthby Gianni Vattimo

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 21.99

    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... more...

  • The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophyby Santiago Zabala; Gianni Vattimo

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    Contemporary philosophers—analytic as well as continental—tend to feel uneasy about Ernst Tugendhat, who, though he positions himself in the analytic field, poses questions in the Heideggerian style. Tugendhat was one of Martin Heidegger's last pupils and his least obedient, pursuing a new and controversial critical technique. Tugendhat took Heidegger's... more...

  • Hermeneutic Communismby Gianni Vattimo; Santiago Zabala

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 21.99

    Having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power, communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism. 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... more...

  • Of Realityby Gianni Vattimo; Robert T. Valgenti

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 34.99

    We tell one another to accept reality, not to fight for something that doesn?t exist or might never be. Gianni Vattimo pushes back against this false wisdom, which lends tacit support to the status quo. Instead, Vattimo urges us to never stop questioning, contrasting, or overcoming reality, which is not natural, inevitable, or objective. Reality is... more...

  • Not Being Godby Gianni Vattimo; Piergiorgio Paterlini; William McCuaig

    Columbia University Press 2009; US$ 23.99

    Gianni Vattimo, a leading philosopher of the continental school, has always resisted autobiography. But in this intimate memoir, the voice of Vattimo as thinker, political activist, and human being finds its expression on the page. With Piergiorgio Paterlini, a noted Italian writer and journalist, Vattimo reflects on a lifetime of politics, sexual... more...

  • After Christianityby Gianni Vattimo; Luca D'Isanto

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 39.99

    What has been the fate of Christianity since Nietzsche's famous announcement of the "death of God"? What is the possibility of religion, specifically Christianity, thriving in our postmodern era? In this provocative new book, Gianni Vattimo, leading Italian philosopher, politician, and framer of the European constitution, addresses these critical... more...

  • The Future of Religionby Gianni Vattimo; Richard Rorty; Santiago Zabala; William McCuaig

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 22.99

    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... more...

  • After the Death of Godby Gianni Vattimo; John D. Caputo; Jeffrey W. Robbins

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 21.99

    It has long been assumed that the more modern we become, the less religious we will be. Yet a recent resurrection in faith has challenged the certainty of this belief. In these original essays and interviews, leading hermeneutical philosophers and postmodern theorists John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo engage with each other's past and present work... more...

  • Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faithby Gianni Vattimo; Rene Girard; Pierpaolo Antonello; William McCuaig

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 24.99

    The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies dominates philosophical and intellectual discourse. These arguments often polarize 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,... more...

  • An Ethics for Todayby Richard Rorty; Jeffrey W. Robbins; Gianni Vattimo; G. Elijah Dann

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    Richard Rorty is famous, maybe even infamous, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking work not only rejects all theories of truth but also dismisses modern epistemology and its preoccupation with knowledge and representation. At the same time, the celebrated pragmatist believed there could be no universally valid answers to moral questions,... more...