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God without God

Stephen Mulhall: How we can ground our values?, 22 September 2005

Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics and Law 
by Gianni Vattimo, translated by William McCuaig.
Columbia, 197 pp., £16, October 2004, 0 231 13082 1
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... to be unknown to themselves. How, then, should we judge our contemporary men of knowledge? For Gianni Vattimo, the death of God means the dissolution of any ultimate or absolute structures of value. Belief in God is simply one example of a more general human tendency to posit something wholly external to the human situation as the objective foundation ...

Viscounts Swapping Stories

Michael Wood: Jacques Derrida, 1 November 2001

The Work of Mourning 
by Jacques Derrida, translated by Pascale-Anne Brault.
Chicago, 272 pp., £16, July 2001, 0 226 14316 3
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A Taste for the Secret 
by Jacques Derrida and Maurizio Ferraris, translated by Giacomo Donis.
Polity, 161 pp., £13.99, May 2001, 0 7456 2334 4
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... of a series of conversations between Derrida and the Italian philosopher Maurizio Ferraris, with Gianni Vattimo joining the last one. The conversations, which took place between 1993 and 1995, offer a relaxed retrospective of Derrida’s work and a sense of particular preoccupations, like secrecy and the importance of not belonging – to a family or a ...

Being that can be understood is language

Richard Rorty: H.-G. Gadamer, 16 March 2000

... I suspect, will read Gadamer and Putnam, Kuhn and Heidegger, Davidson and Derrida, Habermas and Vattimo, Theunissen and Brandom, side by side. If they do, it will be because they have at last abandoned the scientistic, problem-solving, model of philosophical activity with which Kant burdened our discipline. They will have substituted a conversational ...

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