Vattimo, G: Not Being God - A Collaborative Autobiography
A Collaborative Autobiography
Gianni Vattimo, a leading philosopher of the continental school, has always resisted autobiography. But in this intimate memoir, the voice of Vattimo as thinker, political activist, and human being finds its expression on the page. With Piergiorgio Paterlini, a noted Italian writer and journalist, Vattimo reflects on a lifetime of politics, sexual radicalism, and philosophical exuberance in postwar Italy. Turin, the city where he was born and one of the intellectual capitals of Europe (also the city in which Nietzsche went mad), forms the core of his reminiscences, enhanced by fascinating vignettes of studying under Hans Georg Gadamer, teaching in the United States, serving as a public intellectual and interlocutor of Habermas and Derrida, and working within the European Parliament to unite Europe.
Gianni Vattimo is professor of philosophy at the University of Turin. His books with Columbia University Press are Art's Claim to Truth, After the Death of God, Dialogue with Nietzsche, The Future of Religion, Nihilism and Emancipation, and After Christianity. His forthcoming book, coauthored with Santiago Zabala, is Hermeneutic Communism. Piergiorgio Paterlini is a writer and journalist living in Italy and cofounder of the satirical journal Cuore. William McCuaig is also the translator of Gianni Vattimo's Dialogue with Nietzsche and Nihilism and Emancipation.