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The Resource Of reality : the purposes of philosophy, Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Robert T. Valgenti

Of reality : the purposes of philosophy, Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Robert T. Valgenti

Label
Of reality : the purposes of philosophy
Title
Of reality
Title remainder
the purposes of philosophy
Statement of responsibility
Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Robert T. Valgenti
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
"We think it is wise to accept reality, rather than fight for something that does not exist or might never be. But in Of Reality, Gianni Vattimo condemns this complacency, with its implicit support of the status quo. Instead he urges us to never stop questioning, contrasting, or overcoming reality, which is not natural, inevitable, or objective. Reality is a construct, reflecting, among other things, our greed, biases, and tendencies toward violence. 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. Developed from his popular Gifford Lectures, this book advances a critical approach that recovers our interpretive powers and native skepticism toward normative claims. Though he recognizes his ideas invite charges of relativism, the philosopher counters with a discussion of truth, highlighting its longstanding ties to history and social circumstance. Truth is always contingent and provisional, and reason and reasonableness are bound to historical context. Truth is therefore never objective, and resistance to reality is our best hope to defeat the indifference that threatens the scope of freedom and democracy."--Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vattimo, Gianni
Dewey number
110
Index
index present
Language note
Translated from the Italian
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Philosophy, Modern
Label
Of reality : the purposes of philosophy, Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Robert T. Valgenti
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"The Gifford lectures."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The Leuven Lectures -- Intermission -- The Gifford Lectures -- Appendix
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ocn944952254
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231536578
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unknown
Note
Oxford University Press
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)944952254
Label
Of reality : the purposes of philosophy, Gianni Vattimo ; translated by Robert T. Valgenti
Publication
Note
"The Gifford lectures."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The Leuven Lectures -- Intermission -- The Gifford Lectures -- Appendix
Control code
ocn944952254
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231536578
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Oxford University Press
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)944952254

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