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12:00 - 13:30 8 December 2010

Gianni Vattimo at Europe House and UCL


Auditorium | Europe House (link Map)
32 Smith Square | London | SW1P 3EU |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Gianni Vattimo, Philosopher and MEP, European Parliament, Gianni Vattimo is a prominent philosopher, public intellectual, newspaper columnist and social democratic politician. He studied philosophy under the existentialist Luigi Pareyson at the University of Turin. A Professor of Aesthetics and Theoretical Philosophy at Turin since 1969, he has been visiting professor at Yale, Los Angeles, New York and the State University of New York. Among his publications are The Responsibility of the Philosopher (Columbia, 2010), Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law (Columbia, 2004), Beyond Interpretation: The Meaning of Hermeneutics for Philosophy (Stanford, 1997), and, with Jacques Derrida, the edited volume Religion (Stanford, 1998). Vattimo first was a member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2004. He returned as an MEP in 2009 with the list Italia dei Valori - Lista Di Pietro, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Gianni Vattimo (Italian philosopher and Member of the European Parliament) will be in conversation with Professor Richard Bellamy (Director of the UCL European Institute) in an event jointly organized with the UK Office of the European Parliament and the European Commission Representation to inaugurate their new London offices.

The conversation will centre on how far Professor Vattimo's philosophy influenced the conduct of the politician Vatitmo. Does he still hold that the philosophical vocation is grounded in questions of the political good? Have his hopes for the emancipatory potential of philosophical thought lived up to the reality of doing politics in Europe?


Susie Griffin
+44 (0)20 7679 5808 | susie.griffin@ucl.ac.uk


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