The End of Metaphysics, the Uses and Abuses of Philosophy, and Understanding Just a Little Better: On Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala’s Hermeneutic Communism

  • Eduardo MendietaEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)


This chapter engages Vattimo and Zabala’s Hermeneutic Communism from the standpoint of how it relates to a venerable tradition of ‘manifestos’. A typology of manifestos is offered and then the question is raised, to what extent we can fit Hermeneutic Communism within this tradition. The chapter also engages a questionable assumption of Hermeneutic Communism, namely the metaphysics of the end, which is announced as the end of metaphysics. This last point is elaborated vis-a-vis a reading of Rorty, which challenged the usefulness of philosophical manifestos for practical politics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPenn State UniversityState CollegeUSA

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