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Challenging the Absolute: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Europe’s by Simon F. Oliai

By Simon F. Oliai

Our modern global provides a doubtless inexplicable paradox. it's a global the place interplay between societies of other cultural traditions hasn't ever been more uncomplicated. an international during which smooth know-how has visibly conquer the actual boundaries that had lengthy condemned the vast majority of males to relative isolation from each other. but, our global can also be one within which the appearance of a misplaced “original” cultural or spiritual id, grounded by way of a metaphysical absolute, pits males opposed to each other. A bodily extra obtainable international has hence turn into an more and more fundamentalist one. during this ebook, written within the wake of such influential eu thinkers as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and Vattimo, Simon Oliai analyzes the conceptual underpinnings of this paradox and argues that, except the “European” confirmation of man’s finite lifestyles turns into common, we will by no means rid ourselves, to echo Nietzsche, of the repressive shadow of an extended useless metaphysical idol.

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