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Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx

Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala

Abstract

Having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power, communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism. In its original Marxist formulation, communism promised an ideal of development, but only through a logic of war, and while a number of reformist governments still promote this ideology, their legitimacy has steadily declined since the fall of the Berlin wall. Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, this text recasts Marx's theories a ... More

Keywords: communism, capitalism, Marxists formulation, reformist governments, Marx's theories, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, political policy, hermeneutic thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231158039
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158039.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gianni Vattimo, author
University of Barcelona

Santiago Zabala, author

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