For if all value-systems are simply human interpretations, surely none has any more claim on us than any other; all are equally subjective, hence essentially arbitrary and lacking in authority. How, then, can we accept the insights of nihilism without devaluing all our values and revealing human life as essentially meaningless? Vattimo’s positive or constructive version of nihilism aims to show us, by adapting Heidegger’s intuition that the possibility of our salvation might lie within what seems to be the deepest threat to it.” - LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“These writings are perfectly suited to the needs of those hitherto unfamiliar with this tradition who would like to gain an understanding of the intellectual outlook he calls "nihilism." This way of seeing things might also be called "commonsense Heideggerianism," for it is widespread, and often taken for granted, among European intellectuals.” – RICHARD RORTY

"The fluid writing and the translator’s “invisible” inclusion of explanatory phrases...makes this accessible to undergraduate and lay readers, as well as of interest to scholars...Highly recommended.” LIBRARY JOURNAL

 Nihilism and Emancipation gives an excellent picture of Gianni Vattimo’s recent work and of the interesting and original challenges he offers to what are often seen as philosophical certainties. Even those who disagree with where Vattimo ultimately takes his argument would benefit from pondering his suggestive and imaginative remapping of our philosophical landscape.”— CHARLES TAYLOR


Columbia University Press and translated in Spanish, Bulgarian, Danish, Italian, Albanian, Serbian, and Turkish 

Bulgarian (Critique & Humanism), 
Danish (Aarhus University Press), 
Albanian (IPLS & DITA 2000), 
Spanish (Paidos)
Italian (Garzanti)
Serbian (IP Adresa di Novi Sad)
Turkish (Paradigm Publishers)


London Review of Books - Stephen Mulhall
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Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory - Gavin Hyman
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