Response to Birmingham
If truth is a consequence of interpretation, rather than its cause, hermeneutic philosophers must not only be capable of accepting others’ interpretations, but also inconsistencies or paradoxes in their own work when pointed out. However, this acceptance does not imply the recognition of an error, but rather functions as a reminder that theory does not stand on firm ground. This is probably why hermeneutic thinkers like to take risks. Heidegger took a political risk. Rorty took a philosophical risk. If Slavoj Žižek called for the “defense of lost causes”, it is probably because too many of us have stopped taking these sorts of risks.