Belief

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Overview

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.
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In a personal and conversational style, Vattimo (philosophy, U. of Turin) explores the theme of faith and religion, which underlies much of his work. He approaches such concepts as charity, truth, dogmatism, morality, and sin through the lens of his own life and his return to Christianity. He includes no index and references only to Biblical passages. The original was published by Garzanti Editore in 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745619545
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/1999
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Gianni Vattimo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin. Among his books are Nietzsche: Philosophy as Cultural Criticism (Stanford, 2000), Beyond Interpretation: The Meaning of Hermeneutics for Philosophy (Stanford, 1997), and, with Jacques Derrida, the edited volume Religion (Stanford, 1998).
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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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