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Plant-Thinking - A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (Paperback, New): Michael Marder Plant-Thinking - A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (Paperback, New)
Michael Marder; Foreword by Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
R762 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R166 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The margins of philosophy are populated by non-human, non-animal living beings, including plants. While contemporary philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with vegetal life, Michael Marder puts this life at the forefront of the current deconstruction of metaphysics. He identifies the existential features of plant behavior and the vegetal heritage of human thought so as to affirm the potential of vegetation to resist the logic of totalization and to exceed the narrow confines of instrumentality. Reconstructing the life of plants "after metaphysics," Marder focuses on their unique temporality, freedom, and material knowledge or wisdom. In his formulation, "plant-thinking" is the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants, as much as the process of bringing human thought itself back to its roots and rendering it plantlike.

Hermeneutic Communism - From Heidegger to Marx (Hardcover): Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala Hermeneutic Communism - From Heidegger to Marx (Hardcover)
Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
R1,666 R1,397 Discovery Miles 13 970 Save R269 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power, communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism.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 declined since the fall of the Berlin wall.

Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala recast Marx's theories at a time when capitalism's metaphysical moorings -- in technology, empire, and industrialization -- are buckling. While Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call for a return of the revolutionary left, Vattimo and Zabala fear this would lead only to more violence and failed political policy. Instead, they adopt an antifoundationalist stance drawn from the hermeneutic thought of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty.

Hermeneutic communism leaves aside the ideal of development and the general call for revolution; it relies on interpretation rather than truth and proves more flexible in different contexts. Hermeneutic communism motivates a resistance to capitalism's inequalities yet intervenes against violence and authoritarianism by emphasizing the interpretative nature of truth. Paralleling Vattimo and Zabala's well-known work on the weakening of religion, "Hermeneutic Communism" realizes the fully transformational, politically effective potential of Marxist thought.

Hermeneutic Communism - From Heidegger to Marx (Paperback): Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala Hermeneutic Communism - From Heidegger to Marx (Paperback)
Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
R602 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 declined since the fall of the Berlin wall. Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala recast Marx's theories at a time when capitalism's metaphysical moorings -- in technology, empire, and industrialization -- are buckling. While Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call for a return of the revolutionary left, Vattimo and Zabala fear this would lead only to more violence and failed political policy. Instead, they adopt an antifoundationalist stance drawn from the hermeneutic thought of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty.Hermeneutic communism leaves aside the ideal of development and the general call for revolution; it relies on interpretation rather than truth and proves more flexible in different contexts. Hermeneutic communism motivates a resistance to capitalism's inequalities yet intervenes against violence and authoritarianism by emphasizing the interpretative nature of truth. Paralleling Vattimo and Zabala's well-known work on the weakening of religion, Hermeneutic Communism realizes the fully transformational, politically effective potential of Marxist thought.

Why Only Art Can Save Us - Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Paperback): Santiago Zabala Why Only Art Can Save Us - Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Paperback)
Santiago Zabala
R606 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R122 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The state of emergency, according to thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises that we do confront, which are often used by governments to legitimize themselves, but the ones that political realism stops us from recognizing as emergencies, from widespread surveillance to climate change to the systemic shocks of neoliberalism. We need a way of disrupting the existing order that can energize radical democratic action rather than reinforcing the status quo. In this provocative book, Santiago Zabala declares that in an age where the greatest emergency is the absence of emergency, only contemporary art's capacity to alter reality can save us. Why Only Art Can Save Us advances a new aesthetics centered on the nature of the emergency that characterizes the twenty-first century. Zabala draws on Martin Heidegger's distinction between works of art that rescue us from emergency and those that are rescuers into emergency. The former are a means of cultural politics, conservers of the status quo that conceal emergencies; the latter are disruptive events that thrust us into emergencies. Building on Arthur Danto, Jacques Ranciere, and Gianni Vattimo, who made aesthetics more responsive to contemporary art, Zabala argues that works of art are not simply a means of elevating consumerism or contemplating beauty but are points of departure to change the world. Radical artists create works that disclose and demand active intervention in ongoing crises. Interpreting works of art that aim to propel us into absent emergencies, Zabala shows how art's ability to create new realities is fundamental to the politics of radical democracy in the state of emergency that is the present.

Why Only Art Can Save Us - Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Hardcover): Santiago Zabala Why Only Art Can Save Us - Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Hardcover)
Santiago Zabala
R1,357 R1,102 Discovery Miles 11 020 Save R255 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The state of emergency, thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben have argued, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises we do confront, which are often how governments legitimize themselves, but the ones that political realism stops us from recognizing as emergencies, from widespread surveillance to climate change to the systemic shocks of neoliberalism. We need a way of disrupting the existing order that can energize radical democratic action rather than reinforcing the status quo. In this provocative book, Santiago Zabala declares that in an age where the greatest emergency is the absence of emergency, only contemporary art's capacity to alter reality can save us. Why Only Art Can Save Us advances a new aesthetics centered on the nature of the emergency that characterizes the twenty-first century. Zabala draws on Martin Heidegger's distinction between works of art that rescue us from emergency and those that are rescuers into emergency. The former are a means of cultural politics, conservers of the status quo that conceal emergencies; the latter are disruptive events that thrust us into emergencies. Building on Arthur Danto, Jacques Ranciere, and Gianni Vattimo, who made aesthetics more responsive to contemporary art, Zabala argues that works of art are not simply for an elevated consumerism or the contemplation of beauty but are points of departure to change the world. Radical artists create works that disclose and demand active intervention into ongoing crises. Interpreting works of art that aim to propel us into absent emergencies, Zabala shows how art's ability to create new realities is fundamental to the politics of radical democracy in the state of emergency that is the present.

The West Removed - Economics, Democracy, Freedom: A Counter-history of Our Civilization (Paperback): Paolo Ercolani The West Removed - Economics, Democracy, Freedom: A Counter-history of Our Civilization (Paperback)
Paolo Ercolani; Contributions by Santiago Zabala
R223 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R14 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Being at Large - Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (Paperback): Santiago Zabala Being at Large - Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (Paperback)
Santiago Zabala
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Politicians and philosophers presenting themselves as the ultimate bearers of truth and reality have created unprecedented technological, cultural, and political framings. This new order conspires to undermine the interpretive practices of open-ended critique, normalizing a sense of threat to preserve control. The greatest emergency has become the absence of emergencies. Tracing an intellectual alliance between academics such as Jordan Peterson and Christina Hoff Sommers and right-wing populist politicians such as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, this book denounces framings that make a claim to objectivity. With the help of contemporary thinkers including Bruno Latour, Judith Butler, and Giorgio Agamben, as well as discussion of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie and the emergency of biodiversity loss due to climate change, Santiago Zabala illustrates that the twenty-first-century question is not whether we can be free, but how to be at large - unconstrained by the new realist order. Being at Large demonstrates the anarchic power of hermeneutics, calling for interpretive disruptions of the authoritarian narrative as a way of reclaiming freedom in the age of alternative facts.

Art's Claim to Truth (Paperback): Gianni Vattimo Art's Claim to Truth (Paperback)
Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala; Translated by Luca D'Isanto
R555 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R68 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First collected in Italy in 1985, "Art's Claim to Truth" is considered by many philosophers to be one of Gianni Vattimo's most important works. Newly revised for English readers, the book begins with a challenge to Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel, who viewed art as a metaphysical aspect of reality rather than a futuristic anticipation of it. Following Martin Heidegger's interpretation of the history of philosophy, Vattimo outlines the existential ontological conditions of aesthetics, paying particular attention to the works of Kandinsky, which reaffirm the ontological implications of art.

Vattimo then builds on Hans-Georg Gadamer's theory of aesthetics and provides an alternative to a rationalistic-positivistic criticism of art. This is the heart of Vattimo's argument, and with it he demonstrates how hermeneutical philosophy reaffirms art's ontological status and makes clear the importance of hermeneutics for aesthetic studies. In the book's final section, Vattimo articulates the consequences of reclaiming the ontological status of aesthetics without its metaphysical implications, holding Aristotle's concept of beauty responsible for the dissolution of metaphysics itself. In its direct engagement with the works of Gadamer, Heidegger, and Luigi Pareyson, "Art's Claim to Truth" offers a better understanding of the work of Vattimo and a deeper knowledge of ontology, hermeneutics, and the philosophical examination of truth.

The Future of Religion (Paperback, New ed): Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo The Future of Religion (Paperback, New ed)
Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala; Translated by William McCuaig
R537 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R111 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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 truth does not necessitate the death of religion; instead it opens new ways of imagining what it is to be religious -- ways that emphasize charity, solidarity, and irony. This unique collaboration, which includes a dialogue between the two philosophers, is notable not only for its fusion of pragmatism (Rorty) and hermeneutics (Vattimo) but also for its recognition of the limits of both traditional religious belief and modern secularism.

In "Anticlericalism and Atheism" Rorty discusses Vattimo's work "Belief" and argues that the end of metaphysics paves the way for an anti-essentialist religion. Rorty's conception of religion, determined by private motives, is designed to produce the gospel's promise that henceforth God will not consider humanity as a servant but as a friend. In "The Age of Interpretation," Vattimo, who is both a devout Catholic and a frequent critic of the church, explores the surprising congruence between Christianity and hermeneutics in light of the dissolution of metaphysical truth. As in hermeneutics, interpretation is central to Christianity, which introduced the world to the principle of interiority, dissolving the experience of objective reality into "listening to and interpreting messages."

The lively dialogue that concludes this volume, moderated and edited by Santiago Zabala, analyzes the future of religion together with the political, social, and historical aspects that characterize our contemporary postmodern, postmetaphysical, and post-Christian world.

Nihilism and Emancipation - Ethics, Politics, and Law (Hardcover): Gianni Vattimo Nihilism and Emancipation - Ethics, Politics, and Law (Hardcover)
Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala
R1,664 R1,394 Discovery Miles 13 940 Save R270 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A daring marriage of philosophical theory and practical politics, this collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's many books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo is a paradoxical figure, at once a believing Christian and a vociferous critic of the Catholic Church, an outspoken liberal but not a former communist, and a recognized authority on Nietzsche and Heidegger as well as a prominent public intellectual and member of the European parliament. Building on his unique position as a philosopher and politician, Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible, long after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world?

Tackling these crucial issues, Gianni Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but a recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Commonly associated with the pessimistic belief that all of existence is meaningless, nihilism, as a philosophical principle, is far less sensational -- it is the ethical doctrine that there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws, that "truth" is inescapably subjective. Because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must actively create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Vattimo contends that the infighting, timidity, and confusion that have overtaken contemporary liberal thought and politics are the products a prolonged and indulgent mourning over the loss of the transcendental father figure -- any institution or power structure that defines truth, knowledge, and reality. Until humanity overcomes its need for external authority -- whether it be organized religion, the nation-state, or free-market capitalism -- emancipation will remain unattainable. Collecting fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, "Nihilism and Emancipation" is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

Plant-Thinking - A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (Hardcover, New): Michael Marder Plant-Thinking - A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (Hardcover, New)
Michael Marder; Foreword by Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
R2,091 R1,815 Discovery Miles 18 150 Save R276 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The margins of philosophy are populated by non-human, non-animal living beings, including plants. While contemporary philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with vegetal life, Michael Marder puts this life at the forefront of the current deconstruction of metaphysics. He identifies the existential features of plant behavior and the vegetal heritage of human thought so as to affirm the potential of vegetation to resist the logic of totalization and to exceed the narrow confines of instrumentality. Reconstructing the life of plants "after metaphysics," Marder focuses on their unique temporality, freedom, and material knowledge or wisdom. In his formulation, "plant-thinking" is the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants, as much as the process of bringing human thought itself back to its roots and rendering it plantlike.

Art's Claim to Truth (Hardcover): Gianni Vattimo Art's Claim to Truth (Hardcover)
Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala; Translated by Luca D'Isanto
R1,565 R1,325 Discovery Miles 13 250 Save R240 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First collected in Italy in 1985, Art's Claim to Truth is considered by many philosophers to be one of Gianni Vattimo's most important works. Newly revised for English readers, the book begins with a challenge to Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel, who viewed art as a metaphysical aspect of reality rather than a futuristic anticipation of it. Following Martin Heidegger's interpretation of the history of philosophy, Vattimo outlines the existential ontological conditions of aesthetics, paying particular attention to the works of Kandinsky, which reaffirm the ontological implications of art. Vattimo then builds on Hans-Georg Gadamer's theory of aesthetics and provides an alternative to a rationalistic-positivistic criticism of art. This is the heart of Vattimo's argument, and with it he demonstrates how hermeneutical philosophy reaffirms art's ontological status and makes clear the importance of hermeneutics for aesthetic studies. In the book's final section, Vattimo articulates the consequences of reclaiming the ontological status of aesthetics without its metaphysical implications, holding Aristotle's concept of beauty responsible for the dissolution of metaphysics itself. In its direct engagement with the works of Gadamer, Heidegger, and Luigi Pareyson, Art's Claim to Truth offers a better understanding of the work of Vattimo and a deeper knowledge of ontology, hermeneutics, and the philosophical examination of truth.

Religionens Fremtid (Danish, Paperback): Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo Religionens Fremtid (Danish, Paperback)
Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala
R751 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R77 (10%) Out of stock
Being at Large - Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (Hardcover): Santiago Zabala Being at Large - Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (Hardcover)
Santiago Zabala
R1,927 Discovery Miles 19 270 Out of stock

Politicians and philosophers presenting themselves as the ultimate bearers of truth and reality have created unprecedented technological, cultural, and political framings. This new order conspires to undermine the interpretive practices of open-ended critique, normalizing a sense of threat to preserve control. The greatest emergency has become the absence of emergencies. Tracing an intellectual alliance between academics such as Jordan Peterson and Christina Hoff Sommers and right-wing populist politicians such as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, this book denounces framings that make a claim to objectivity. With the help of contemporary thinkers including Bruno Latour, Judith Butler, and Giorgio Agamben, as well as discussion of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie and the emergency of biodiversity loss due to climate change, Santiago Zabala illustrates that the twenty-first-century question is not whether we can be free, but how to be at large - unconstrained by the new realist order. Being at Large demonstrates the anarchic power of hermeneutics, calling for interpretive disruptions of the authoritarian narrative as a way of reclaiming freedom in the age of alternative facts.

Weakening Philosophy - Essays in Honour of Gianni Vattimo (Hardcover, New): Santiago Zabala Weakening Philosophy - Essays in Honour of Gianni Vattimo (Hardcover, New)
Santiago Zabala
R2,343 Discovery Miles 23 430 Out of stock

Gianni Vattimo is one of the world's most important philosophers, yet he has received scant attention in the English-speaking world. The essays in Weakening Philosophy, from leading figures such as Umberto Eco and Charles Taylor, introduce his ideas to a wider audience. Moving away from Jacques Derrida's deconstructionism and Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics, and building on his experiences as a politician, Vattimo asks if it is still possible to speak of moral imperatives, individual rights, and political freedom. Acknowledging the force of Nietzsche's "God is dead," Vattimo argues for a philosophy of pensiero debole or "weak thinking" that shows how moral values can exist without being guaranteed by an external authority. His secularising interpretation stresses anti-metaphysical elements and puts philosophy into a relationship with postmodern culture. Bringing together twenty-one influential philosophers, theologians, and literary critics, Weakening Philosophy is an important assessment of Vattimo's influence and the major tenets of his thought. Contributors include R]diger Bubner (Heidelberg), Carmelo Dotolo (Pontifical Urbaniana), Paolo Flores d'Arcais (Rome "La Sapienza"), Umberto Eco (Bologna), Manfred Frank (Eberhard Karls, T]bingen), Jean Grondin (Montreal), Nancy Frankenberry (Dartmouth College), Giacomo Marramao (Rome "Tre"), Jack Miles (Getty Trust), Jean-Luc Nancy (Marc Bloch, Strasbourg), Teresa Oqate (Universidad Nacional de Educacisn a Distancia), Jeffrey Perl (Bar-Ilan University), James Risser (Seattle), Richard Rorty (Stanford), Pier Aldo Rovatti (Trieste), Fernando Savater (Complutense, Madrid), Reiner Sch]rmann (Duquesne), Hugh J. Silverman (Stony Brook), Charles Taylor(McGill), Gianni Vattimo (Turin), Wolfgang Welsch (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena), and Santiago Zabala (Pontifical Lateran, Rome).

The Future of Religion (Hardcover): Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo The Future of Religion (Hardcover)
Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala; Translated by William McCuaig
R1,871 R1,628 Discovery Miles 16 280 Save R243 (13%) Out of stock

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 truth does not necessitate the death of religion; instead it opens new ways of imagining what it is to be religious -- ways that emphasize charity, solidarity, and irony. This unique collaboration, which includes a dialogue between the two philosophers, is notable not only for its fusion of pragmatism (Rorty) and hermeneutics (Vattimo) but also for its recognition of the limits of both traditional religious belief and modern secularism.

In "Anticlericalism and Atheism" Rorty discusses Vattimo's work "Belief" and argues that the end of metaphysics paves the way for an anti-essentialist religion. Rorty's conception of religion, determined by private motives, is designed to produce the gospel's promise that henceforth God will not consider humanity as a servant but as a friend. In "The Age of Interpretation," Vattimo, who is both a devout Catholic and a frequent critic of the church, explores the surprising congruence between Christianity and hermeneutics in light of the dissolution of metaphysical truth. As in hermeneutics, interpretation is central to Christianity, which introduced the world to the principle of interiority, dissolving the experience of objective reality into "listening to and interpreting messages."

The lively dialogue that concludes this volume, moderated and edited by Santiago Zabala, analyzes the future of religion together with the political, social, and historical aspects that characterize our contemporary postmodern, postmetaphysical, and post-Christian world.

Nihilism and Emancipation - Ethics, Politics, and Law (Paperback, New ed): Gianni Vattimo Nihilism and Emancipation - Ethics, Politics, and Law (Paperback, New ed)
Gianni Vattimo; Edited by Santiago Zabala
R599 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R52 (9%) Out of stock

A daring marriage of philosophical theory and practical politics, this collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's many books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo is a paradoxical figure, at once a believing Christian and a vociferous critic of the Catholic Church, an outspoken liberal but not a former communist, and a recognized authority on Nietzsche and Heidegger as well as a prominent public intellectual and member of the European parliament. Building on his unique position as a philosopher and politician, Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible, long after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world?

Tackling these crucial issues, Gianni Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but a recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Commonly associated with the pessimistic belief that all of existence is meaningless, nihilism, as a philosophical principle, is far less sensational -- it is the ethical doctrine that there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws, that "truth" is inescapably subjective. Because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must actively create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Vattimo contends that the infighting, timidity, and confusion that have overtaken contemporary liberal thought and politics are the products a prolonged and indulgent mourning over the loss of the transcendental father figure -- any institution or power structure that defines truth, knowledge, and reality. Until humanity overcomes its need for external authority -- whether it be organized religion, the nation-state, or free-market capitalism -- emancipation will remain unattainable. Collecting fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, "Nihilism and Emancipation" is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

Weakening Philosophy - Essays in Honour of Gianni Vattimo (Paperback): Santiago Zabala Weakening Philosophy - Essays in Honour of Gianni Vattimo (Paperback)
Santiago Zabala
R626 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R38 (6%) Out of stock

Gianni Vattimo is one of the world's most important philosophers, yet he has received scant attention in the English-speaking world. The essays in Weakening Philosophy, from leading figures such as Umberto Eco and Charles Taylor, introduce his ideas to a wider audience. Moving away from Jacques Derrida's deconstructionism and Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics, and building on his experiences as a politician, Vattimo asks if it is still possible to speak of moral imperatives, individual rights, and political freedom. Acknowledging the force of Nietzsche's "God is dead," Vattimo argues for a philosophy of pensiero debole or "weak thinking" that shows how moral values can exist without being guaranteed by an external authority. His secularising interpretation stresses anti-metaphysical elements and puts philosophy into a relationship with postmodern culture. Bringing together twenty-one influential philosophers, theologians, and literary critics, Weakening Philosophy is an important assessment of Vattimo's influence and the major tenets of his thought. Contributors include R]diger Bubner (Heidelberg), Carmelo Dotolo (Pontifical Urbaniana), Paolo Flores d'Arcais (Rome "La Sapienza"), Umberto Eco (Bologna), Manfred Frank (Eberhard Karls, T]bingen), Jean Grondin (Montreal), Nancy Frankenberry (Dartmouth College), Giacomo Marramao (Rome "Tre"), Jack Miles (Getty Trust), Jean-Luc Nancy (Marc Bloch, Strasbourg), Teresa Oqate (Universidad Nacional de Educacisn a Distancia), Jeffrey Perl (Bar-Ilan University), James Risser (Seattle), Richard Rorty (Stanford), Pier Aldo Rovatti (Trieste), Fernando Savater (Complutense, Madrid), Reiner Sch]rmann (Duquesne), Hugh J. Silverman (Stony Brook), Charles Taylor(McGill), Gianni Vattimo (Turin), Wolfgang Welsch (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena), and Santiago Zabala (Pontifical Lateran, Rome).

The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy - A Study of Ernst Tugendhat (Hardcover): Santiago Zabala The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy - A Study of Ernst Tugendhat (Hardcover)
Santiago Zabala; Foreword by Gianni Vattimo; Translated by Michael Haskell
R1,455 R1,276 Discovery Miles 12 760 Save R179 (12%) Out of stock

Contemporary philosophers& mdash;analytic as well as continental& mdash;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 destruction of Being as presence and developed it in analytic philosophy, more specifically in semantics. Only formal semantics, according to Tugendhat, could answer the questions left open by Heidegger.

Yet in doing this, Tugendhat discovered the latent "hermeneutic nature of analytic philosophy"& mdash;its post-metaphysical dimension& mdash;in which "there are no facts, but only true propositions." What Tugendhat seeks to answer is this: What is the meaning of thought following the linguistic turn? Because of the rift between analytic and continental philosophers, very few studies have been written on Tugendhat, and he has been omitted altogether from several histories of philosophy. Now that these two schools have begun to reconcile, Tugendhat has become an example of a philosopher who, in the words of Richard Rorty, "built bridges between continents and between centuries."

Tugendhat is known more for his philosophical turn than for his phenomenological studies or for his position within analytic philosophy, and this creates some confusion regarding his philosophical propensities. Is Tugendhat analytic or continental? Is he a follower of Wittgenstein or Heidegger? Does he belong in the culture of analysis or in that of tradition? Santiago Zabala presents Tugendhat as an example of merged horizons, promoting aphilosophical historiography that is concerned more with dialogue and less with classification. In doing so, he places us squarely within a dialogic culture of the future and proves that any such labels impoverish philosophical research.

The Remains of Being - Hermeneutic Ontology After Metaphysics (Hardcover): Santiago Zabala The Remains of Being - Hermeneutic Ontology After Metaphysics (Hardcover)
Santiago Zabala
R1,347 R1,184 Discovery Miles 11 840 Save R163 (12%) Out of stock

In "Basic Concepts," Heidegger claims that "Being is the most worn-out" and yet also that Being "remains constantly available." Santiago Zabala radicalizes the consequences of these little known but significant affirmations. Revisiting the work of Jacques Derrida, Reiner Sch?rmann, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ernst Tugendhat, and Gianni Vattimo, he finds these remains of Being within which ontological thought can still operate.

Being is an event, Zabala argues, a kind of generosity and gift that generates astonishment in those who experience it. This sense of wonder has fueled questions of meaning for centuries-from Plato to the present day. Postmetaphysical accounts of Being, as exemplified by the thinkers of Zabala's analysis, as well as by Nietzsche, Dewey, and others he encounters, don't abandon Being. Rather, they reject rigid, determined modes of essentialist thought in favor of more fluid, malleable, and adaptable conceptions, redefining the pursuit and meaning of philosophy itself.

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