Something more to add to the ever-expanding reading list. it's been said that if you read a book a month for the next decade that is only 120 books, so it should count. I'm one of those people who has four or five books going at a time, but nonetheless the point is well-taken, and I am trying to make full use of reading opportunities. As I have noted here more than once, I am a big fan of Vattimo's and I am currently reading Farewell to Truth, which is living up to expectation. I'll write about it soon, i just want to get in a little deeper first and think through what he is saying. I am also re-reading After Christianity with my grad-reading group-(unofficially called The Experimental Theology Club-we just finished Clayton Crockett's Interstices of the Sublime), which gave me some framework for some of my recent thinking about religion/church/christianity.
I also prefer Vattimo's critique of communism to Zizek's, it could be that it is simply a familiarity with western approaches to socialism as opposed to Zizek's eastern bloc version, but Vattimo is a more nuanced and gentle thinker, at least for me. Zabala has done a lot of translating of Vattimo's work, so it is nice to see a colaboration in the works. Hermeneutical Communism is the title and here is part of the pre-publication blurb.
"Communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism, having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power. In its original Marxist formulation, communism promised an ideal of development, but only through a logic of war, and while a number of reformist governments still promote this ideology, their legitimacy has steadily declined since the fall of the Berlin wall.
Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala recast Marx's theories at a time when capitalism's metaphysical moorings—in technology, empire, and industrialization—are buckling. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call for a return of the revolutionary left, but Vattimo and Zabala fear this would lead only to more violence and failed political policy. Instead, they adopt an antifoundationalist stance, drawn from the hermeneutical thought of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty, that relies on interpretation rather than truth and is more flexible in different contexts. "Hermeneutic communism" leaves aside the ideal of development and the general call for revolution. It motivates a resistance to capitalism's inequalities, yet intervenes against violence and authoritarianism by emphasizing the interpretative nature of truth. Paralleling Vattimo and Zabala's well-known weakening of religion, Hermeneutic Communism realizes the fully transformational, politically effective potential of Marxist thought."
So this is on the list, one more for the Amazon addiction.