Belief / Edition 1

Belief / Edition 1

by Gianni Vattimo, Vattimo Gianni
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804739196

ISBN-13: 9780804739191

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In this highly personal book, one of Europe’s foremost contemporary philosophers confronts the theme of faith and religion. He argues that there is a substantial link between the history of Christian revelation and the history of nihilism, in particular as the latter appears in the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo’s philosophical specialty.

Overview

In this highly personal book, one of Europe’s foremost contemporary philosophers confronts the theme of faith and religion. He argues that there is a substantial link between the history of Christian revelation and the history of nihilism, in particular as the latter appears in the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo’s philosophical specialty. Tracing the relation between his response to these two thinkers and his own life as a devout Catholic, Vattimo shows how his interpretation of Heidegger’s work and his conceptions of “weak thought” and “weak ontology” can be seen as closely linked to a rediscovery of Christianity.

Vattimo speaks here in the first person—a risk that results in a disarmingly open exploration of the themes of charity, truth, dogmatism, morality, and sin, viewed through the lens of his own life and his own return to Christianity. While deeply critical of institutionalized religion and the Church, Vattimo discovers in the Christian tradition a voice (not a distinct message) whose interpretation is still being played out around us. Shaped by his readings of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo’s decision to affirm his formation within the Christian tradition provides an original and engaging contribution to the contemporary debate on religion.

At the center of this 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804739191
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Luca D'Isanto.

Return.

Return and philosophy.

Christian inheritance and nihilism.

Incarnation and secularization.

Beyond the violence of metaphysics.

Secularization: a purified faith?.

Revelation continues.

Christianity and modernity.

Demythification against paradox: the meaning of kenosis.

Demythification of morality.

Demythification of dogmas.

Secularization: the limit of charity.

Enlightenment rediscovered.

The substance of faith.

The moral question.

To return where?.

A reduced faith.

Secularization versus tragic thought.

Reason and the leap.

What a pity!.

Postscriptum.

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