- 8:00 p.m.
The goal of my brief presentation is to point out why the event of
Being is an opportunity, rather than a threat, and
ontology is a transformative thought interested in
both welcoming and
generating events. If events have become an issue
philosophy it is not because of their ontological
status but rather
their potentiality to shake our current condition,
that is, to
transform the so called “emergency” we live in.
This emergency is both
philosophical and political given the strong
metaphysical positions continue to receive from
democratic institutions. If such so-called realist
philosophers as John Searle and Barry Smith are
awarded and funded
excessively, it is not because their positions are
“truer” than, for
example, the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas
and Charles Taylor,
but because they provide a stronger refuge from
the shocks and
disruptions of events.
Santiago Zabala is ICREA
Research Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Barcelona. His books include The
Hermeneutic Nature of
Analytic Philosophy (2008), The Remains of Being
(2009), and, most
recently, Hermeneutic Communism (2011, coauthored
with G. Vattimo),
all published by Columbia University Press.