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The responsibility of the philosopher

Author: Gianni Vattimo; Franca D'Agostini
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Over the course of his career, Gianni Vattimo has assumed a number of public and private identities and has pursued multiple intellectual paths. He seems to embody several contradictions, at once defending and questioning religion and critiquing and serving the state. Yet the diversity of his life and thought form the very essence of, as he sees it, the vocation and responsibility of the philosopher. In a world
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gianni Vattimo; Franca D'Agostini
ISBN: 9780231152426 0231152426 9780231527125 0231527128
OCLC Number: 521733513
Description: vi, 153 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Introduction: the strong reasons for weak thought / Franca D'Agostini --
Philosophy and science --
Philosophy, history, literature --
Logic in philosophy --
To speak the truth --
The vocation to philosophy and the responsibility of philosophy.
Other Titles: Vocazione e responsabilita del filosofo.
Responsibility: Gianni Vattimo ; edited with an introduction by Franca D'Agostini ; translated by William McCuaig.

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"Over the course of his career, Gianni Vattimo has assumed a number of public and private identities and has pursued multiple intellectual paths. He seems to embody several contradictions, at once defending and questioning religion and critiquing and serving the state. Yet the diversity of his life and thought form the very essence of, as he sees it, the vocation and responsibility of the philosopher. In a world that desires quantifiable results and ideological expediency, the philosopher becomes the vital interpreter of the endlessly complex.

As he outlines his ideas about the philosopher's role, Vattimo builds an important companion to his life's work. He confronts questions of science, religion, logic, literature, and truth, and passionately defends the power of hermeneutics to engage with life's conundrums. Vattimo conjures a clear vision of philosophy as something separate from the sciences and the humanities but also intimately connected to their processes, and he explicates a conception of truth that emphasizes fidelity and participation through dialogue."--Pub. desc.

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There is no better guide to Gianni Vattimo's philosophy than Franca D'Agostini's introduction to this book. One of Vattimo's most skilled students, D'Agostini manages to present both the logic behind Read more...

 
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