Gianni Vattimo

(b. 1936)

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(1936– )

Italian follower of Gadamer and Heidegger. Vattimo studied at Turin and Heidelberg, and taught aesthetics at the university of Turin, also pursuing a career as an administrator and parliamentarian. Comprehensively rejecting the idea of correspondence between language and the world, he espouses an experimental and non-foundational freedom of flow of interpretation and conversation. Vattimo frequently collaborated with Derrida. Translated Works include The End of Modernity: Nihilism and Hermeneutics in Postmodern Culture (1988) and Beyond Interpretation: The Meaning of Hermeneutics for Philosophy (1997).

Subjects: Philosophy — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

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