Institut für Philosophie
How can hermeneutics be a form of ethical-political resistance on behalf of reality? In this presentation, I examine Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo’s critique of the “temptation of realism” and his claim that hermeneutics, and not the so-called new realisms, constitutes the most realistic approach to reality. Vattimo’s hermeneutic position (known as “weak thought”) represents the realistic realization that weak thought is the condition to which the very history of philosophy has committed (or destined) us. Additionally, Vattimo’s ontology of actuality emerges as the realistic response to such a historical condition insofar as it is the hermeneutic formulation of a non-metaphysical ontology focused on a weakened form of reality that finds its manifestation in historical traces rather than in absolutes. Ultimately, I explore Vattimo’s philosophical position understood as hermeneutic resistance against metaphysical realism on behalf of the reality of the weak. This resistance invests hermeneutics with an ethical-political commitment that renders it more revolutionary than the conservativism of all realisms.
Dr. Sivlia Benso (RIT, USA)
Silvia Benso is Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA where she is also Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Asso.-Prof.Dr. Martin Weiß (martin [dot] weiss [at] aau [dot] at)