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Making Communism Hermeneutical

Reading Vattimo and Zabala

  • Silvia Mazzini
  • Owen Glyn-Williams

Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Hermeneutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Santiago Zabala, Gianni Vattimo
      Pages 15-17
    3. Jeff Malpas, Nick Malpas
      Pages 19-29
    4. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 31-33
    5. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 49-51
    6. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 63-64
    7. Jeffrey W. Robbins
      Pages 65-79
    8. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 81-82
  3. Weakening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 93-94
    3. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 113-114
    4. Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala
      Pages 125-126
    5. Bradley Kaye
      Pages 127-133

About this book


This book aims to provide fresh perspectives on Vattimo and Zabala’s groundbreaking foundational text, Hermeneutic Communism, from 2011. The contributors to this collection of essays explore various facets of Vattimo and Zabala’s “anarchic hermeneutics” and “weak communism” in order to investigate the concepts resulting from them, such as “framed democracies,” “armed capitalism” and “conservative impositions.” Vattimo and Zabala’s text is one of the most innovative contributions to the current debate on Communism, in which authors such as Badiou, Negri, and Rancière have been the protagonists so far. The unique and original contribution of Vattimo and Zabala’s position consists in letting politics evolve from one of the anarchic origins of hermeneutics: the end of truth. This triggers the essential question of how far politics is possible without truth. One of the essential, methodologically innovative characteristics of this collection is its dialogical, hermeneutical form, which is achieved by inserting Vattimo and Zabala’s personal reactions to each essay in the book. By responding to each chapter in turn, Vattimo and Zabala establish a hermeneutic dialogue with the contributors. Thus hermeneutics will not only be a central topic, but also an epistemological, concrete application of Vattimo and Zabala’s theories. An indispensable critical tool for students, researchers, professors, activists and general readers interested in the philosophical and political debate on Communism, which encompasses a wide variety of disciplines such as philosophy, political science, sociology, postcolonial studies, critical theory and Latin American studies. Offering an innovative first analysis of the new concepts of Hermeneutic Communism, this book represents a vital contribution to the understanding of the intriguing interrelation between philosophical hermeneutics and political communism.


Anarchism Armed capitalism Conservative impositions Framed democracies Hermeneutic dialogue Hermeneutics and Communism Political communism Post Imperialism Utopia Weak Thought

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Mazzini
    • 1
  • Owen Glyn-Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.DePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

About the editors

Silvia Mazzini is an Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is the author of Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo (For a Many-fold Possible World. Arts and Politics in Ernst Bloch and Gianni Vattimo), 2010 and of numerous articles on aesthetics, political philosophy, cultural studies and theatre sciences.

Owen Glyn-Williams is currently completing a dissertation in the department of philosophy at DePaul University. His research concentrates on the historical and conceptual development of civil society in modernity, and examines the relationship between imperatives of civility and political antagonism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Making Communism Hermeneutical
  • Book Subtitle Reading Vattimo and Zabala
  • Editors Silvia Mazzini
    Owen Glyn-Williams
  • Series Title Contributions to Hermeneutics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cont Hermeneutics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59019-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86533-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59021-9
  • Series ISSN 2509-6087
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-6095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 261
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Philosophy
    Political Theory
    Regional and Cultural Studies
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