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Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 593–596 | Cite as

Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala: Hermeneutic communism: from Heidegger to Marx

Columbia University Press, New York, 2011, ISBN: 0231158025, 256 + VIII pp, $27.50 (paperback)
  • Dmitri GinevEmail author
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This is a book about the political agenda of philosophical hermeneutics. Or, to put it even in a more lapidary formulation: This is a book about the politics of hermeneutics. It is an open-ended text, with many entrances and one definite exodus—hermeneutic communism. The authors have no illusions about the destiny of political communism in the twenty-first century. Being witnesses of the decline of communism after the fall of the Berlin wall, they know very well that neoliberal capitalistic democracies have managed to reduce communism to a residue of the past (p. 109). But with Derrida they believe that the ghost of communism never dies, it remains always to come and to come back. In its “spectral form,” precisely communism becomes an objective necessity today because of “the discharge of capitalism”. According to the authors, to say that communism is functioning as a specter is tantamount to claiming that it is not a political program that offers a rational strategy for unfettered...

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  1. 1.Zukunftskolleg, University of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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