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  1. A Radical Freedom|[Quest]| Gianni Vattimo's |[Lsquo]|Emancipatory Nihilism|[Rsquo]|.James Martin - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3):325.
    What scope is there for emancipatory politics in light of the postmodern critique of philosophical foundations? This paper examines the response to this question by Italian philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, who for over two decades has defended the emancipatory prospects of what he terms ‘nihilism’. Vattimo conceives the retreat of metaphysics as a progressive weakening of ontological claims and an opening towards new and diverse modes of being. In his view, far from an exclusively tragic experience of loss or meaninglessness, nihilism (...)
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  • Solidarity, Critique and Techno-Science: Evaluating Rorty’s Pragmatism, Freire’s Critical Pedagogy and Vattimo’s Philosophical Hermeneutics.Justin Cruickshank - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (4):577-586.
    The critique of metaphysics can often entail a critique of liberalism. Rorty sought a revolutionary paradigm shift in philosophy and the broader humanities, by linking the rejection of metaphysics to a justification for liberal democracy and reformism. He believed that the recognition of socio-historical contingency concerning interpretations of fundamental values and of truth, combined with a humanities education, would create a sense of solidarity that would motivate reforms. Freire argues that a dialogic form of education is as important as the (...)
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  • Why a Gunk World is Compatible with Nihilism About Objects.Baptiste Le Bihan - 2013 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 6 (1):1-14.
    Ted Sider argues that nihilism about objects is incompatible with the metaphysical possibility of gunk and takes this point to show that nihilism is flawed. I shall describe one kind of nihilism able to answer this objection. I believe that most of the things we usually encounter do not exist. That is, I take talk of macroscopic objects and macroscopic properties to refer to sets of fundamental properties, which are invoked as a matter of linguistic convention. This view is a (...)
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  • Between Hermeneutics and Aesthetics: Reconsidering Truth and Method as an “Aesthetics of Truth”.Patrick Martin - 2018 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 9 (2):169-186.
    The focus of the paper is on Gadamer’s claim that “Aesthetics has to be absorbed into hermeneutics.” Our initial aim is to contextualize the statement, emphasizing its controversial nature, given that the context specific meaning of the claim can seem commonsensical. Accordingly, the first part of the paper is devoted to developing the historical tension between philosophy and art. Towards the latter half of the paper, the task is to examine Gadamer’s thesis in light of this history. Evaluating Gadamer’s position (...)
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  • Spivak, Feminism, and Theology.Yahu T. Vinayaraj - 2014 - Feminist Theology 22 (2):144-156.
    Feminism as a radical discourse has always been a challenge to Christian Theology. The contemporary deconstructive feminist social thought that signals a radical epistemic shift in transnational politics, economics and culture invokes theology to re-locate its methodology and focus. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s deconstructive feminism re-positions contemporary feminist thought in a post-Marxist, postcolonial, and postmodern epistemological context. This article tries to explore the methodological significance of the Spivakian de-constructive feminist epistemology and to sketch out its implications on the contemporary theological program. (...)
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  • The Political Vocation of Post-Metaphysical Hermeneutics: On Vattimo's Leftist Heideggerianism and Postmodern Socialism.Dimitri Ginev - 2010 - Critical Horizons 11 (2):243-264.
    The paper examines the sense in which Gianni Vattimo’s story of a long goodbye of modernity along with an interminable weakening of Being inaugurates a leftist philosophico-political project. The hermeneutics of “weak thought” is criticized for (a) its ambiguous concept of interpretation; (b) its way of integrating proceduralism in post-metaphysical philosophizing; and (c) the unhappy marriage it promotes between nihilism and emancipation. Finally, a philosophico-political version of hermeneutic ontology based on the idea of situated transcendence is suggested as an alternative (...)
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  • Ratio Est Fides: Contemporary Philosophy as Virtuous Thought.Erik Meganck - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 77 (3):154-170.
    ABSTRACTUnquestionably, philosophy has acquired a somewhat new register lately. First, I discuss the appearance of the theological virtues in contemporary philosophy. This appearance is heralded in Nietzsche’s famous preface to The Gay Science. The event remains at this point curious and without explanation. In a second step, I explore current French philosophy and culture as the frame and/or the effect of this appearance. At this point, I still cannot find the philosophical meaning of the virtues, only the condition of possibility (...)
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  • Vattimo, Kenosis and St Paul.Matthew Edward Harris - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75 (4):288-305.
    The style of weak thought associated with Gianni Vattimo involves positing that we are living after the death of God in an age of nihilism that is our ‘sole opportunity’. Nihilism, the lack of highest values, frees one from the ‘violence’ of metaphysics that silences one by reducing everything back to first principles. This article focuses on Vattimo’s return to Christianity, analysing in particular his use of terms found in the New Testament, kenosis and caritas. Vattimo sees the history of (...)
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  • Measurement Theory, Nomological Machine And Measurement Uncertainties (In Classical Physics).Ave Mets - 2012 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 5 (2):167-186.
    Measurement is said to be the basis of exact sciences as the process of assigning numbers to matter (things or their attributes), thus making it possible to apply the mathematically formulated laws of nature to the empirical world. Mathematics and empiria are best accorded to each other in laboratory experiments which function as what Nancy Cartwright calls nomological machine: an arrangement generating (mathematical) regularities. On the basis of accounts of measurement errors and uncertainties, I will argue for two claims: 1) (...)
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  • Hermeneutinė racionalumo kritika ir edifikacinė interpretacijos laisvė: R. Rorty ir H.-G. Gadameris.Rūta Bagdanavičiūtė - 2017 - Logos: A Journal, of Religion, Philosophy Comparative Cultural Studies and Art 91:17-28.
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  • Kenosis, Dynamic Śūnyatā and Weak Thought: Abe Masao and Gianni Vattimo.Thorsten Botz-Bornstein - 2015 - Asian Philosophy 25 (4):358-383.
    The verb κενόω means ‘to empty’ and St. Paul uses the word ἐκένωσεν writing that ‘Jesus made himself nothing’ and ‘emptied himself’. Śūnyatā is a Buddhist concept most commonly translated as emptiness, nothingness, or nonsubstantiality. An important kenosis–śūnyatā discussion was sparked by Abe Masao’s paper ‘Kenotic God and Dynamic Śūnyatā’. I confront the kenosis–śūnyatā theme with Vattimo’s kenosis-based philosophy of religion. For Vattimo, kenosis refers to ‘secularization’: when strong structures such as the essence and the fulfilment of the Christian message (...)
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  • Of Hegemonies yet to Be Broken: Rhetoric and Philosophy in the Age of Accomplished Metaphysics.Peyman Vahabzadeh - 2005 - The European Legacy 10 (4):375-388.
    This paper situates itself in Reiner Schürmann's theory that the metaphysical representations have hegemonically governed epochs of western history. It argues that the contemporary alertness about the acute loss of affinity between rhetoric and philosophy reports the end of metaphysics. Specifically, the paper discusses that the phenomenon of globalization of scientific rationalism, with its homogenizing effects requires an anarchic mode of thinking and acting and a certain political life that refuses ultimate representations. As such, the proper epochal response to the (...)
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  • Who is the Lifelong Learner? Globalization, Lifelong Learning and Hermeneutics.Bengt Kristensson Uggla - 2008 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 27 (4):211-226.
    The aim of this essay is to elaborate on the inner connection between three such diverse entities as lifelong learning, globalization and hermeneutics. After placing lifelong learning in a societal context framed by globalization, my intention is to reflect on the prerequisites for introducing a hermeneutical contribution to the understanding of lifelong learning. First, it is stated that globalization is the most profound horizon today for explaining the current interest we experience in both lifelong learning and hermeneutics. Second, from these (...)
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  • Facing Paradox Everyday: A Heideggerian Approach to the Ethics of Teaching.Vasco D’Agnese - 2016 - Ethics and Education 11 (2):159-174.
    In this paper, I wish to offer insight into the role of paradox in teaching. I will do so by analyzing teachers’ everyday work, taking a qualitative approach and constructing a small-scale empirical study. Philosophically, my attempt is framed by Heidegger’s thought. Drawing from research data, I argue the following: paradoxes and dilemmas are the very basis of teaching, and a teacher cannot see paradoxes and dilemmas if she/he has already made an choice of disengagement from the profession. Stated otherwise, (...)
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  • Gianni Vattimo's Theory of Secularisation in Relation to the Löwith‐Blumenberg Debate.Matthew Edward Harris - 2016 - Heythrop Journal 57 (6).
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  • God the Father in Vattimo's Interpretation of Christianity.Matthew Harris - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (5):891-903.