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Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue / Gianni Vattimo and René Girard ; edited by Pierpaolo Antonello ; translated by William McCuaig.

By: Vattimo, Gianni, 1936-.
Contributor(s): Girard, René, 1923-2015 | Antonello, Pierpaolo | McCuaig, William, 1949-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (viii, 124 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780231520416; 0231520417.Uniform titles: Verità o fede debole. English Subject(s): Christianity -- Philosophy | Christianity and culture | RelativityAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 261.2/1 LOC classification: BR100 | .V3513 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-124).

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Vattimo and Girard are perhaps not household names in the United States but are well-known philosophers in Europe: Vattimo, a Catholic nihilist and a clever deployer of the ideas of Martin Heidegger; Girard, admired author of such books as Violence and the Sacred. Both men, from varying viewpoints, see Christianity as a crucial influence on world culture. This short volume is a compilation of conversations between the two held between 1996 and 2006, as well as essays written by each between 1999 and the present. Bracing and even daunting in its intellectual adventurousness, the book shows two very different minds with Christianity as "the religion of exit from religion" and one of the most important sources of democracy, individualism, and the free market-some of the very forces that have weakened its grip on contemporary society. VERDICT Rich, difficult, fascinating, and provocative reading on Christianity and culture from two of the new Europe's leading eggheads. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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René Girard was born on December 25, 1923 in Avignon, France. He received an advanced degree in medieval studies at the École Nationale des Chartes in 1947 and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 1950. He taught French language and literature at Indiana University, Duke University, Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and the State University at Buffalo. He taught at Stanford University from 1981 until his retirement in 1995. <p> His explorations of literature and myth helped establish influential theories about how people are motivated to want things. His first book, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, was published in French in 1961 and in English in 1965. His other works included Violence and the Sacred and Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Modern Language Association in 2009 and the Order of Isabella the Catholic from the king of Spain for his work in philosophy and anthropology in 2013. He died on November 4, 2015 at the age of 91. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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