With Piergiorgio Paterlini, a noted Italian writer and journalist, Gianni Vattimo, a leading philosopher of the continental
school, reflects on a lifetime of politics, sexual radicalism, and philosophical exuberance in postwar Italy. Turin, the city
in which he was born and one of the intellectual capitals of Europe (also the city in which Nietzsche went mad), forms the
core of his reminiscences, enriched by fascinating vignettes of studying under Hans Georg Gadamer, teaching in the United
States, serving as a public intellectual and interlocutor of Habermas and Derrida, and working within the European Parliament
to unite Europe. Vattimo's status as a left-wing faculty president paradoxically made him a target of the Red Brigades in
the 1970s, causing him to flee Turin for his life. Left-wing terrorism did not deter the philosopher from his quest for social
progress, however, and in the 1980s, he introduced a daring formulation called "weak thought," which stripped metaphysics,
science, religion, and all other absolute systems of their authority. Vattimo then became notorious for his renewed commitment
to the core values of Christianity (he was trained as a Catholic intellectual) and for the Vatican's denunciation of his views.
Through these interviews, Paterlini composes an utterly candid first-person portrait of a major thinker and a riveting account
of homosexuality, history, politics, and philosophical invention in the twentieth century.