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Belief (Cultural Memory of the Present (Paperback))

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In this highly personal book, one of Europe’s foremost contemporary philosophers confronts the theme of faith and religion. He argues that there is a substantial link between the history of Christian revelation and the history of nihilism, in particular as the latter appears in the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo’s philosophical specialty. Tracing the relation bet
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Stanford University Press (first published 1996)
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Sep 13, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nietzsche e Heidegger hanno descritto la fine della metafisica (che Vattimo chiama indebolimento degli enti forti o indebolimento dell'essere, o anche secolarizzazione). Vattimo sostiene che in qualche modo le sue radici cristiane lo hanno predisposto ad apprezzare l'idea di indebolimento dell'essere, in quanto il cristianesimo, e in particolare l'Incarnazione e la morte di Cristo sarebbero una metafora della fine della metafisica. Il Dio che muore, secondo Vattimo, è il Dio meta
Jul 02, 2013 Martin rated it really liked it
Belief, a slim volume by the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo, was originally entitled "Credere di credere" ("believing that one believes"). As such, it departs from the disembodied abstractions of much philosophical discourse and instead assumes a compelling and personal first person voice. Indeed, Vattimo not only provides a concise introduction to his understanding of "weak thought" and its bearing on religion, he also details the nature of his own Catholic faith, one certainly at odds (but ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Katrinka rated it really liked it
4.5. Vattimo has a very interesting means of bringing Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Christian scriptures/tradition into dialogue-- a conversation which, although I find pretty satisfying, still seems to be based upon a certain sort of metaphysics-- just what the author is trying to get away from. Well worth the read.
Oct 21, 2009 H added it
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grapples with kenosis and the nihilism of nietzsche and heidegger as the route in which "positive" secularization in fact leads right back to a historically morphing faith.

translated from the italian. love the idea of "sin" as a homonym with "peccato," as in "che peccato!" -- simply "what a pity!"
Aug 26, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it
Buen libro de Vattimo, introducción al pensiero debole y a la reflexión postmoderna total de los sistemas religiosos. Creo que va demasiado lejos con su exegesis, pero tiene cosas muy buenas que sin duda vaticinan el retorno de lo religioso al mundo. Hermeneutica postmoderna.
Mar 16, 2011 Sam added it
An argument for "religion without God" by a Nietzschean, gay, devout Catholic philosopher who also was an elected member of European Parliament under the Communist Party. (He gets to check mad boxes.) An argument that I rely on every time I discuss religion.
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Gianteresio Vattimo, also known as Gianni Vattimo (born January 4, 1936) is an internationally recognized Italian author, philosopher, and politician. Many of his works have been translated into English.

His philosophy can be characterized as postmodern with his emphasis on "pensiero debole" (weak thought). This requires that the foundational certainties of modernity with its emphasis on objective
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