Response to Birmingham

  • Gianni Vattimo
  • Santiago ZabalaEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of HumanitiesICREA/UPFBarcelonaSpain

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