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Simon F. Oliai is a former UNESCO adviser on the worldwide promotion of the humanities, as well as a philosopher of history who has studied and lectured in the United States, France, and Iran. He has organized several noted international seminars in Europe and the Middle East and is the editor of the landmark international anniversary dossier on the Martin Heidegger, which was published by the French review Portique in 2006.
An Inevitably Endless Introduction
Part I: The Use and the Danger of Heidegger for Contemporary Thought
Chapter 1: On the Contemporary Pertinence of Heidegger’s Philosophical Questioning
Chapter 2: Safeguarding “Being” from Its Fundamentalist Self-Persecution
Part II: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Historical Destiny of “European” Thought
Chapter 3: Nietzsche on the Art of Resistance to Onto-Theology
Chapter 4: On “Be-coming European Today”
Chapter 5: Heidegger on the Promise of Art at the Twilight of Philosophy
Part III: On “Europe’s” Endless Struggle Against “Fundamentalisms”
Chapter 6: On Europe’s Enlightening Example
Chapter 7: Thinking the Essence of Neo-Fundamentalism
Chapter 8: Only a “God-Artist” Can Save Us: Religion as the “European” Art of Safeguarding the Earth with Others
I am strongly convinced that the crucial analysis of the metaphysical underpinnings of all manner of contemporary fundamentalism by Simon Oliai shall have not only contributed to elaborating a more precise definition of the current role of Western philosophy, but, more significantly, shed light on the universal function of all critical thought in our world.
— Gianni Vattimo, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin
Ever since its first efforts at integration were undertaken, Europe has constituted, historically that is, a space for reconciliation. Moreover, Europe has been founded on values among which tolerance and acceptance of differences occupy a privileged position. Simon Oliai is thus right in underscoring this line of thought whilst insisting on the need for its constant application.
— Michel Rocard, former prime minister of France and senior member of the European Parliament
Very few people have such a profound and intellectual appreciation of the cultural history
and significance of Europe and Persia whilst also having lived in and experienced North America.
— Lord David Owen, CH, former British foreign secretary and EU envoy to Yugoslavia