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The End of Modernity


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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Nihilism as Destiny. .

1. An Apology for Nihilism.

2. The Crisis of Humanism.

Part II: The Truth of Art.

3. The Death or Decline of Art.

4. The Shattering of the Poetic Word.

5. Ornament/Monument.

6. The Structure of Artistic Revolutions.

Part III: The End of Modernity. .

7. Hermeneutics and Nihilism.

8. Truth and Rhetoric in Hermeneutic Ontology.

9. Hermeneutics and Anthropology.

10. Nihilism and the Post-modern in Philosophy.

Bibliographical Note.


About the Author

Gianni Vattimo is an Italian philosopher and university professor who served in the European Parliament. He taught at the University of Turin. Vattimo edited the Journal of Aesthetics and has contributed to many international magazines. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin. He has received honorary degrees from several universities and was awarded the Official Great Merit of the Italian Republic in 1997. Most of his books are in English translation.


'An important contribution to the current philosophical debate about ... 'The Post-Modern Condition'.' Times Higher Education Supplement

'In the last few years, Gianni Vattimo has emerged as the leading Italian philosopher of post-modernism. His book The End of Modernity is a splendid contribution to modern philosophy ... There is no doubt that it will be one of the classics of the decade.' David Wood, University of Warwick

'Vattimo's is a most welcome philosophical contribution to a debate that all too often fails to acknowledge its historical dimension.' Comparative Literature

'Vattimo is a leading interpreter of Heidegger and a cultural critic of extraordinary scope and originality. The End of Modernity is a major contribution to the current debate over post-modernism.' Hayden White

'Vattimo has a lively mind, eclectic tastes, and a flair for making theoretical philosophical discourse interesting and arresting.' Choice

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