Although “weak thought”—il pensiero debole—has been around for over a quarter of a century, it is still little known in the United States. In Italy, from. il Pensiero debole has 3 ratings and 0 reviews. Da quando nella cultura italiana si è aperto il dibattito sulla crisi della ragione, attraverso di esso. Vattimo is well known for his philosophical style of ‘weak thought’ (pensiero debole). ‘Weak thought’ is an attempt to understand and re-configure traces from the.

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Giacomo Marramao – – In Santiago Zabala ed. Finally, pemsiero stage of the Spirit would eventually be a spiritual reading of scripture one that rejects literalism and claims to objectivity and greater interpretative freedom.

This anthropocentrism continued in different ways through the construction of unilinear narratives surrounding progress and science.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Frankenberry accentuates this perspective by critically parsing out some of the similarities and differences between the “cheerful nihilism” of Vattimo and the “genial pragmatism” of Fattimowho collaborated to publish The Future of Religionwith respect to the perspectives of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Derrida, Paul Tillich, Donald Davidson, Wallace Stevens and others.

Gianni Vattimo

Husserl was and remains, according to Rovatti, the decisive and divisive figure in his continuing dialogue with Vattimo. And for those newly acquainted with Vattimo, his own essay is a stunning contribution, and in conjunction with Zabala’s introduction provides an exceptionally succinct and clear exposition penaiero “weak thought.

Further weakening for it is a process that never endsVattimo believes, occurs by weakening strong structures, living charitably and being open to others. That is, as the result of the kenosis of God that gradually liberates humanity from the myth of objectivity. Vattimo acknowledges that Benjamin was speaking from a nascent tradition, already begun by Marx and Nietzsche, of seeing history as constructed and not impartial.


These thinkers predicted that lensiero homogenisation of vattino would be the result of such communications technology. Gianni Vattimo – – In Santiago Zabala ed. The publication of Weakening Philosophy: Gianni Vattimo is an Italian philosopher and cultural commentator. Since Plato, the question of Being had been pushed aside by metaphysics in favour of the question of truth, and of the relationship between subject and object. Kenosis itself is an act of God showing his love for his creatures by emptying himself of his power and authority, and by calling us to be friends rather than servants.

Between Nihilism and Politics: While rejecting Heidegger’s philosophy on ethical grounds, Rorty nevertheless allows that the weak thought of Vattimo who is deeply influenced by Heidegger and particularly by his account of the Ge-stellas he makes patently clear in his essay has a positive role to play in helping leftist politics to abandon Enlightenment rationalism.

In modern Europe, where the unilinear conception of history had flourished, demographic effects have acted to undermine this very notion. David Rose – – Contemporary Political Theory 7 4: The latter, Vattimo thinks, is a statement of weakening and of the message revealed ll the incarnation of the Son of God.

Vattimo sees his philosophy of hermeneutical nihilism as having important ethical ramifications. Such truth is deeper than propositions which are made kl by such openings. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

il Pensiero debole by Gianni Vattimo

The Transparent Societyin which Vattimo most clearly outlined his ideas on the end of history, was written shortly before the mass uptake of the internet by Western consumers.

Hermeneutics is not a metaphysical theory in this sense and so can debope be “proved” by being presented as the response to a history of being, a history of the fabling of the penisero, of the weakening of structures, that is as the occurrence of nihilism.


Vattimo rejects any notion of a transcendental structure of reason or reality that would be given once and for all. Deconstruction is Not Enough: Nostalgia is also a recovery in that it involves a rewriting of the tradition. The typical modern narrative was one of progress, whether this concerned scientific and technological innovation, increasing freedom, or even a Marxist interpretation of history. The essays in part three give witness to the current direction of Vattimo’s thinking — namely, his interest in the question and role of religion today.

This pushed him to develop his hermeneutics in the direction of weakening metaphysical strong structures of all forms, including Marxist commitments. Sign in Create an account.

Gianteresio Vattimo, also known as Gianni Vattimo born January 4, is an internationally recognized Italian author, philosopher, and politician. This article’s use of external links may not vatti,o Wikipedia’s policies or guidelines. The Being of Dasein is interpretative, and therefore the reception of traces of tradition is active, rather than passive.

Gianni Vattimo was born on January 4,in Turin, Italy. A Tribute to Gianni Vattimo.


The new Marxist approach, therefore, emerges as a practical development of the “weak thought” into the frame of a political perspective. The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo. Given the selective, power-laden nature of unilinear history, Vattimo surmises that devole would be mistaken to think there is only one true history.

However, such rebellion becomes postmodern in the context of the age of mass communication and the after-effects of the two World Wars.