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
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.