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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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Interpretation as Anarchy

Interpretation as Anarchy

(p.75) 3. Interpretation as Anarchy
Hermeneutic Communism

Gianni Vattimo

Santiago Zabala

Columbia University Press

This chapter outlines the “politics of interpretation,” that is, the political project of hermeneutics, and the emancipation it entails from the bearers of power. Hermeneutics here is argued not as an as of yet undefined political position, but as an inherently political entity in and of itself. If politics is not exclusively about conflicting assertions of truth, claims to recognition, and power relations, but rather the action necessary to create a public realm in which individuals coexist freely while protecting the private space required for their personal development, then hermeneutics is also political. It relies on a plurality of individual developments, that is, active interpretations. A philosophy that relies on a plurality of interpretations must avoid not only any metaphysical claims to universal values, which would restrict personal developments, but also that passive, conservative nature that characterizes descriptive philosophies in favor of action.

Keywords:   hermeneutics, politics of interpretation, plurality, power relations, personal developments, politics

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