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Introduction Part I. The Leuven Lectures 1. The Nietzsche Effect 2. The Heidegger Effect 3. The Age of the World Picture Part II. Intermission 4. The Temptation of Realism Part III. The Gifford Lectures 5. Tarski and the Quotation Marks 6. Beyond Phenomenology 7. Being and Event 8. The Ethical Dissolution of Reality Part IV. Appendix 9. Metaphysics and Violence: A Question of Method 10. From Heidegger to Marx: Hermeneutics as the Philosophy of Praxis 11. The End of Philosophy in the Age of Democracy 12. True and False Universalism 13. The Evil That Is Not, 1 14. The Evil That Is Not, 2 15. Weak Thought, Thought of the Weak 16. From Dialogue to Conflict Notes Index

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Drawing on Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo develops in this volume a philosophy to combat the newest enemy of freedom and democracy: complacency toward reality. It is no accident, Vattimo argues, that the call to embrace reality has emerged at a time when the inequalities of liberal capitalism are at their most extreme. Truth is therefore never objective, and resistance to reality becomes our best hope for countering the ongoing indifference to our fate.

About the Author

Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a former member of the European Parliament. His most recent Columbia University Press books include A Farewell to Truth (2011); Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx (with Santiago Zabala, 2011); The Responsibility of the Philosopher (2010); and Art's Claim to Truth (2008), all translated into several languages.


Of Reality represents the fullness of Vattimo's philosophical journey, which places him at the heart of contemporary European thought. Realistic in the face of our post-metaphysical age, Vattimo's philosophy is rooted in a theological and political vision that should be taken with the utmost seriousness. -- David Jasper, Distinguished Overseas Professor, Renmin University of China A continuation of his lifelong engagement with Nietzsche and Heidegger, Of Reality provides a reflective summation of Gianni Vattimo's late thinking while also exemplifying a mode of hermeneutical philosophy that is politically engaged without being merely ideological and that is inspired not by the ideals of an unattainable utopia but by the need to stand against enslavement, domination, and suffering. This is a powerful work by one of the major figures in contemporary and twentieth-century philosophy. -- Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania One of the great privileges I've had during my life was to attend Gianni Vattimo's Cardinal Mercier Chair lectures in Leuven and Gifford Lectures in Glasgow. While in the former the Italian philosopher ventured into the effects Nietzsche and Heidegger thought continues to have on philosophy, in the latter he individuated it's new enemy in the twenty-first century: 'new realism.' The return to reality these movement calls for is actually a return to order, in other words, to any alteration of the political and financial order we are submitted to today. Now that these lectures are available, together with new essays, I'm not afraid to describe this book as his magnum opus. -- Santiago Zabala, ICREA Research Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University An engaging and refreshing read for any serious student of philosophy. Library Journal

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