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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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Hermeneutic Communism

Hermeneutic Communism

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Hermeneutic Communism

Gianni Vattimo

Santiago Zabala

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the possibility of hermeneutics in renovating the arguments of communism in a world where the movement is essentially treated as obsolete. Of course, hermeneutics should not be considered a miraculous philosophical discovery—it is not to be treated as a force meant for philosophically legitimizing communism. Instead, hermeneutics is similar to communism because its truth, Being, and necessity are entirely historical; it is not the outcome of a theoretical discovery or a logical correction of previous errors but rather the result of the end of metaphysics. And in order to justify why communism can become an alternative and a model for the twenty-first century, this chapter will first expose its weakened essence, then its alternative manifestation in some of the democratically elected governments of South America, and finally how these same Latin American politics can also become a possible model for the West to pursue.

Keywords:   hermeneutics, communism, Latin American politics, metaphysics, South America

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