The Future of Religion

The Future of Religion

by Gianni Vattimo, Richard Rorty
     
 

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Though coming from 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

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Though coming from 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.

This unique collaboration fuses pragmatism (Rorty) and hermeneutics (Vattimo) and recognizes the limits of both traditional religious belief and modern secularism. Rorty discusses Vattimo's work Belief and argues that the end of metaphysics paves the way for an anti-essentialist religion. Vattimo explores the surprising congruence between Christianity and hermeneutics in light of the dissolution of metaphysical truth. In a concluding dialogue, both philosophers analyze the future of religion together with the political, social, and historical aspects that characterize our contemporary postmodern, postmetaphysical, and post-Christian world.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - Carlin Romano

We're lucky then, to have The Future of Religion...unlike so many voices we've heard in the last week, Rorty and Vattimo think big about Catholicism.

First Things - Paul J. Griffiths

The Future of Religion is the perfect primer in post-metaphysical historicism.

Philosophy in Review - Jeffrey Dudiak

This brief book opens a vista onto the thought of two... helpful thinkers.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion - James J. DiCenso

Intellectually stimulating.

Philadelphia Inquirer
We're lucky then, to have The Future of Religion...unlike so many voices we've heard in the last week, Rorty and Vattimo think big about Catholicism.

— Carlin Romano

First Things
The Future of Religion is the perfect primer in post-metaphysical historicism.

— Paul J. Griffiths

Philosophy in Review
This brief book opens a vista onto the thought of two... helpful thinkers.

— Jeffrey Dudiak

Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Intellectually stimulating.

— James J. DiCenso

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231509107
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Jack Miles

Readers who think of themselves as thoughtful but find philosophy oddly boring, readers who regard religion as an unavoidable topic but find theology vaguely disappointing-these are the readers (and I count myself among them) who will be quickly caught up by Rorty, Vattimo, and Zabala on The Future of Religion. This is the kind of book one reads thinking 'Finally!'

Nancy Frankenberry

What comes after the 'end of metaphysics'? Can religion survive without foundations, objective truth, or God? Two of the world's leading philosophers-Gianni Vattimo and Richard Rorty-converge on an answer here. Together, Vattimo's hermeneutics and Rorty's pragmatism reframe our vision of the Christian message that love is the only law. Concise and cutting-edge, this book makes for exciting reading. Santiago Zabala has done a real service in forging a dialogue and making these reflections available.

Jeffrey M. Perl

Who could have foreseen postmodern thought taking this turn? Nihilism is 'the actual meaning of Christianity.' Hermeneutics teaches "love is the only law." A book in which Rorty and Vattimo make such avowals together is by definition an important affair.

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