Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography

Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography

By: Gianni Vattimo (author), William McCuaig (translator), Piergiorgio Paterlini (with)Hardback

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Gianni Vattimo, a leading philosopher of the continental school, has always resisted autobiography. But in this intimate memoir, the voice of Vattimo as thinker, political activist, and human being finds its expression on the page. With Piergiorgio Paterlini, a noted Italian writer and journalist, Vattimo reflects on a lifetime of politics, sexual radicalism, and philosophical exuberance in postwar Italy. Turin, the city where he was born and one of the intellectual capitals of Europe (also the city in which Nietzsche went mad), forms the core of his reminiscences, enhanced by fascinating vignettes of studying under Hans Georg Gadamer, teaching in the United States, serving as a public intellectual and interlocutor of Habermas and Derrida, and working within the European Parliament to unite Europe. Vattimo's status as a left-wing faculty president paradoxically made him a target of the Red Brigades in the 1970s, causing him to flee Turin for his life. Left-wing terrorism did not deter the philosopher from his quest for social progress, however, and in the 1980s, he introduced a daring formulation called "weak thought," which stripped metaphysics, science, religion, and all other absolute systems of their authority. Vattimo then became notorious both for his renewed commitment to the core values of Christianity (he was trained as a Catholic intellectual) and for the Vatican's denunciation of his views. Paterlini weaves his interviews with Vattimo into an utterly candid first-person portrait, creating a riveting text that is destined to become one of the most compelling accounts of homosexuality, history, politics, and philosophical invention in the twentieth century.

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Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with Ren Girard); Art's Claim to Truth; After the Death of God; Dialogue with Nietzsche; The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty); Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and the Law; and After Christianity.Piergiorgio Paterlini is a writer and journalist living in Italy and cofounder of the satirical journal Cuore.William McCuaig is also the translator of Gianni Vattimo's Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith; Dialogue with Nietzsche; and Nihilism and Emancipation.


Analogies1. Incipit2. Last Things3. Closeness4. The Untied Shoelace5. Rorschach Test6. Plateau Rosa7. Being8. Epochs9. The Impossible Return10. Debut11. On the Banks of the Neckar12. "Mad, utterly desperate study"13. Vampires14. Paradigms15. Popular Novel16. Oratory17. Catholic Action18. Beyond the Horizon19. Working-class School20. Demonic Possession21. Ulcer and Mao22. The Dream of a Thing23. Take a King and Thrash Him24. Porta Palazzo25. From Heidegger to Marx26. The Movement27. State of Grace28. The Bicycle Left Behind29. Luk cs's Slippers30. Forced Out31. In America32. The Two Boys33. Death Threats34. Revolutionary Moralism35. Weak Thought36. Roots37. Terraces38. A Safe Pair of Hands39. The Volunteer for Weak Thought40. The World41. In History42. In Human Conversation43. Barbarians44. Science's Positive Side45. Obituaries46. Obituaries Two: Cacciari47. Obituaries Three: Eco48. Under a Bad Sign49. With the Younger Son50. The Frankfurt School51. The Rich Fianc e52. The Little Old Lady in New York53. Almost a Mayor54. The End of Prehistory?55. Joachim of Fiore56. At a Certain Hour57. Return to Christianity58. Some Reality, Please59. If Stalin Had Been a Nihilist60. Evil, What a Pity61. If I Weren't God62. Compline63. The Treasure Chest of Being64. FlashesEnvoiAcronyms

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  • publication date: 04/05/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780231147200
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780231147200
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 0231147201

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