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Hermeneutic CommunismFrom Heidegger to Marx$
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Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158039

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158039.001.0001

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Imposing Descriptions

Imposing Descriptions

(p.11) 1. Imposing Descriptions
Hermeneutic Communism

Gianni Vattimo

Santiago Zabala

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the three essential theoretical features of the politics of descriptions: the violence of truth, the conservative nature of realism, and the winner's history. A politics of descriptions does not impose power in order to dominate as a philosophy; rather, it is functional for the continued existence of a society of dominion, which pursues truth in the form of imposition (violence), conservation (realism), and triumph (history). These metaphysically framed political systems hold that society must direct itself according to truth (the existing paradigm), that is, in favor of the strong against the weak. Only the strong determine truth, because they are the only ones that have the tools to know, practice, and impose it.

Keywords:   politics of descriptions, society of dominion, conservation, imposition, political systems

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