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Contributions to Hermeneutics

Making Communism Hermeneutical

Reading Vattimo and Zabala

Editors: Mazzini, Silvia, Glyn-Williams, Owen (Eds.)

  • ​The first book to provide a fresh perspective on Vattimo and Zabala’s groundbreaking foundational text Hermeneutic Communism 2011 
  • Brings together a group of top scholars on a hermeneutic dialogue and comprehensive critique with Vattimo and Zabala  
  • One of the most innovative contributions to the current debate on Communism that triggers the essential question of how far politics is possible without truth 
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About this book

This book aims to provide fresh perspectives on Vattimo and Zabala’s groundbreaking foundational text, Hermeneutic Communism, from 2011. The contributors to this collection of essays explore various facets of Vattimo and Zabala’s “anarchic hermeneutics” and “weak communism” in order to investigate the concepts resulting from them, such as “framed democracies,” “armed capitalism” and “conservative impositions.” Vattimo and Zabala’s text is one of the most innovative contributions to the current debate on Communism, in which authors such as Badiou, Negri, and Rancière have been the protagonists so far.

The unique and original contribution of Vattimo and Zabala’s position consists in letting politics evolve from one of the anarchic origins of hermeneutics: the end of truth. This triggers the essential question of how far politics is possible without truth. One of the essential, methodologically innovative characteristics of this collection is its dialogical, hermeneutical form, which is achieved by inserting Vattimo and Zabala’s personal reactions to each essay in the book. By responding to each chapter in turn, Vattimo and Zabala establish a hermeneutic dialogue with the contributors. Thus hermeneutics will not only be a central topic, but also an epistemological, concrete application of Vattimo and Zabala’s theories. 

An indispensable critical tool for students, researchers, professors, activists and general readers interested in the philosophical and political debate on Communism, which encompasses a wide variety of disciplines such as philosophy, political science, sociology, postcolonial studies, critical theory and Latin American studies. Offering an innovative first analysis of the new concepts of Hermeneutic Communism, this book represents a vital contribution to the understanding of the intriguing interrelation between philosophical hermeneutics and political communism.

“A very much needed and refreshing perspective for all those interested in rethinking radical politics beyond both political Eurocentrism and philosophical imperialism." (Chiara Bottici, New School of Social Research, and author of Imaginal Politics)

“The book offers much food for thought both for those who have given up hope and for those who have been fighting for a better world for some time…The contributions to Making Communism Hermeneutical may be seen as step in the direction of a much-needed change in thinking.” (David Block, ICREA Research Professor in Sociolinguistics, Universitat de Lleida)

About the authors

Silvia Mazzini is an Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is the author of Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo (For a Many-fold Possible World. Arts and Politics in Ernst Bloch and Gianni Vattimo), 2010 and of numerous articles on aesthetics, political philosophy, cultural studies and theatre sciences.

Owen Glyn-Williams is currently completing a dissertation in the department of philosophy at DePaul University. His research concentrates on the historical and conceptual development of civil society in modernity, and examines the relationship between imperatives of civility and political antagonism.

Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • The End of Metaphysics, the Uses and Abuses of Philosophy, and Understanding Just a Little Better: On Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala’s Hermeneutic Communism

    Mendieta, Eduardo

    Pages 3-14

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  • Response to Mendieta

    Zabala, Santiago (et al.)

    Pages 15-17

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  • Politics, Hermeneutics, and Truth

    Malpas, Jeff (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

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  • Response to Jeff Malpas and Nick Malpas

    Vattimo, Gianni (et al.)

    Pages 31-33

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  • Hermeneutic Communism: Left Heideggerianism’s Last Hope?

    Woessner, Martin

    Pages 35-48

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59021-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59019-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Communism Hermeneutical
Book Subtitle
Reading Vattimo and Zabala
Editors
  • Silvia Mazzini
  • Owen Glyn-Williams
Series Title
Contributions to Hermeneutics
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59021-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59021-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59019-6
Series ISSN
2509-6087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 261
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