Gianni Vattimo has assumed a number of public and private identities and has pursued multiple intellectual paths. He seems
to embody several contradictions, at once defending and questioning religion and critiquing and serving the state. Yet the
diversity of his life and thought form the very essence of, as he sees it, the vocation and responsibility of the philosopher.
In a world that desires quantifiable results and ideological expediency, the philosopher becomes the vital interpreter of
the endlessly complex. As he outlines his ideas about the philosopher's role, Vattimo builds an important companion to his
life's work. He confronts questions of science, religion, logic, literature, and truth, and passionately defends the power
of hermeneutics to engage with life's conundrums. Vattimo conjures a clear vision of philosophy as something separate from
the sciences and the humanities but also intimately connected to their processes, and he explicates a conception of truth
that emphasizes fidelity and participation through dialogue.