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Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy

Gianni Vattimo and Robert T. Valgenti


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 ... More

Keywords: Hermeneutics, Relativism, Realism, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Weak thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166966
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gianni Vattimo, author

Robert T. Valgenti, author