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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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(p.1) Introduction
Hermeneutic Communism

Gianni Vattimo

Santiago Zabala

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter proposes hermeneutic communism as an alternative to the current capitalist and neoliberalist strategies that currently dominate the political landscape. Communism cannot be translated into a particular philosophical stance, nor can hermeneutics be translated into a political position, yet both draw our attention to a current lack of emergency, that is, the increasing homologizing of the political, economic, and social structures of power. As the political alternative to the impositions of neoliberal capitalism and the philosophy of the interpretative nature of truth, communism and hermeneutics have become alternative responses for the losers of history, that is, the weak. South American communism and philosophical hermeneutics in particular are shown to be effective examples of emergency, alternative, and change—and it is these models that will be discussed in succeeding chapters.

Keywords:   hermeneutic communism, South American communism, philosophical hermeneutics, philosophy, neoliberal capitalism, social structures, political alternative

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