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Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultur)

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A daring marriage of philosophy and practical politics, Gianni Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world? Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but the recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Nihilism is an ethical doctrine in which there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws. "Truth" is inescapably subjective, and, because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

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This collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo asks if it is still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom, and he bravely questions whether these values are still relevant. Vattimo argues that nihilism is the recognition of a plurality of meanings and the beginning of new social paradigms. He also contends that until humanity overcomes its need for external authority, emancipation will remain unattainable. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

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A daring marriage of philosophy and practical politics, Gianni Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world? Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but the recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Nihilism is an ethical doctrine in which there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws. "Truth" is inescapably subjective, and, because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.

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ISBN:
9780231130837
Author:
Vattimo, Gianni
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Translator:
McCuaig, William
Editor:
Zabala, Santiago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Movements - Deconstruction
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
197
Dimensions:
6.97x5.53x.43 in. .48 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo asks if it is still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom, and he bravely questions whether these values are still relevant. Vattimo argues that nihilism is the recognition of a plurality of meanings and the beginning of new social paradigms. He also contends that until humanity overcomes its need for external authority, emancipation will remain unattainable. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.
"Synopsis" by , A daring marriage of philosophy and practical politics, Gianni Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is it still possible to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world? Vattimo argues that nihilism is not the absence of meaning but the recognition of a plurality of meanings; it is not the end of civilization but the beginning of new social paradigms. Nihilism is an ethical doctrine in which there are no moral absolutes or infallible natural laws. "Truth" is inescapably subjective, and, because the conditions for equality and liberty are not "naturally" given, society must create these ideals or it will inevitably fall prey to irrationality, prejudice, and oppression. Featuring fourteen of Vattimo's most influential essays on ethics, politics, and law, this collection is a provocative reevaluation of meaning, values, and the idea of freedom in Western culture.
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