Although “weak thought”—il pensiero debole—has been around for over a quarter of a century, it is still little known in the United States. In Italy, from. il Pensiero debole has 3 ratings and 0 reviews. Da quando nella cultura italiana si è aperto il dibattito sulla crisi della ragione, attraverso di esso. Vattimo is well known for his philosophical style of ‘weak thought’ (pensiero debole). ‘Weak thought’ is an attempt to understand and re-configure traces from the.

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Dotolo adroitly pensiwro Vattimo’s reading of the course of Western philosophy beginning with modernist metaphysics to its destined manifestation as postmodern secularism and subsequent weakening as nihilistic hermeneutics.

penssiero His philosophy can be characterized as postmodern with his emphasis on “pensiero debole” weak thought. He sees the hermeneutics of the late-modern period as having a relationship to scripture and doctrine similar to the one Jesus has to the Old Testament: As Vattimo claims that there are no facts, only interpretations, he opposes moral realism and any claim to objectivity in morals.

Conversations with Gianni Vattimo and Richard Rorty. By this he means that the way we can view the past can no longer be as if it had a unilinear character. He was sent to an oratory school as a penziero.

Furthermore, in this existence thought is limited by the common currency of Being as a collection of linguistic traces mediated by tradition. Renzo Gattegnathe president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities accused him of antisemitismwriting “words of hatred that don’t add anything new and are accompanied by the squalid reproposal of anti-Semitic stereotypes”. To this end, one need ask why Gadamer resisted the vattimp tendency of many of his contemporaries of proclaiming a nihilistic hermeneutics.


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Heidegger had a negative view of technology because of its nihilistic conclusion as the culmination of metaphysics. This nostalgia is a form of resignation, since one cannot escape metaphysics without creating a new foundation. Views Read Edit View history. Vattimo uses Heidegger’s term Verwindung to capture this post-modern recovery from modernity. This message referred back to the prophets in the Old Testament, but also pointed forward to the Spirit speaking in many tongues at and after Pentecost Acts 2.

For instance, wearing the cross is not, Vattimo judges, offensive any longer because it has been secularised and is part of the cultural furniture of the West. Books by Gianni Vattimo. Vvattimo a result, nihilism entails that there is no clear point of origin, no accessible epistemic foundation, and no universally-shared sense of where we are going. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Although Vattimo aimed to move away from revolutionary violence, his justification of democracy over totalitarianism is particularly timely given the Arab Spring. This can be understood as Him emptying himself of power and of otherness Philippians 2: December Learn how and when to remove this template message.

On July 22,in response to deboe IDF military operation in Gaza against Hamas attacks on IsraelVattimo said he would personally like to “shoot those bastard Zionists” and thinks Europeans should raise money “to buy Hamas some more rockets. The End of Modernity: Nihilism and Hermeneutics in Postmodern Culture. There are too many essays to summarize or comment on in the space of this review, but in order to give a sense of the volume’s depth I will restrict my treatment to the contributions in each part that exhibit a more direct and sustained engagement with Vattimo’s thinking.


Vattimo’s philosophy can be characterized as postmodern with his emphasis on “pensiero debole” weak thought. Humans are also challenged, for they are reduced to the level of objects used for production. Indeed, Vattimo sees the hermeneutical nihilism of the postmodern era as the result pennsiero secularisation.

This could lead to a relativism in which local epistemologies or groups are incapable of external criticism.

Gianni Vattimo (1936− )

Vattimo announces rather an “optimistic” nihilistic phase of intellectual and cultural realization that will lead to an actual ethical, social and political transformation. Of course, a hallmark of the Reformation was the importance of the printed word. Columbia University Press, In his reading of Heidegger, Vattimo sees metaphysics reaching its point of culmination in modern technology.

The publication of Weakening Philosophy: The Italian Departure from Deconstruction.