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Vattimo and Theology

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Gianni Vattimo, who has long been a prominent postmodern European philosopher, has recently taken a more significant interest in religion. His claim is that postmodern philosophy, with its incisive critique of rationalist, objectifying ways of thinking, can help religion once again find a voice in a largely disinterested Europe and an often fundamentalist America.

To accomplish this, Vattimo contends, religion must attend to certain contemporary philosophical themes that, he ...

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Overview

Gianni Vattimo, who has long been a prominent postmodern European philosopher, has recently taken a more significant interest in religion. His claim is that postmodern philosophy, with its incisive critique of rationalist, objectifying ways of thinking, can help religion once again find a voice in a largely disinterested Europe and an often fundamentalist America.

To accomplish this, Vattimo contends, religion must attend to certain contemporary philosophical themes that, he argues, are ultimately consistent with biblical intentions. To this end, Vattimo employs his theoretical insights on themes such as: the nature of modernity/postmodernity, the importance of "weak" as opposed to "strong" thought, the dissolution of metaphysics; and the end of the authoritarian, moralistic God. This book will examine the entire range of Vattimo's work asking to what extent his insights present new challenges to Christian thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032331
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Philosophy & Theology
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas G. Guarino is Professor of Systematic Theology at the School of Theology, Seton hall University, New Jersey
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 An Overture to Vattimo's Thought

Chapter 2 Interpretation, Being and Truth: Vattimo's Contribution

Chapter 3 Can a Nietzschean Speak to Theology? Some Historical Considerations

Chapter 4 Theological Dialogue with Vattimo (I): Postmodernity and Theology

Chapter 5 Theological Dialogue with Vattimo (II): Truth and Interpretation

Conclusions

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