Santiago Zabala

“Emergency Through Aesthetics” [ENG]


Abstract: The goal of my presentation is to introduce the end of emergencies through aesthetics. Philosophy in the 21st century is not meant to disclose the emergencies we face, but rather the ones we are missing. This is why Heidegger believed the “only emergency is the absence of emergency.” Following his distinction between those who thrust us “from” and “into” emergencies, I will try to outline hermeneutic communism aesthetic ambitions through artists as Filippo Minelli, Jennifer Karady, and others.


Bio: Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Humanities Department of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author of, among others, The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy (2008), The Remains of Being (2009), Hermeneutic Communism (2011, co-authored with G. Vattimo) all published by Columbia University Press and translated into several languages. He also edited The Future of Religion (2005), Weakening Philosophy (2007), Art’s Claim to Truth (2008), Consequences of Hermeneutics (2010), and Being Shaken (2014). His forthcoming books are Only Art Can Save Us and Being at Large. He also writes opinion articles for The Guardian, The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.