Taylor and Vattimo on the Place of Culture in Political Practical Reasoning


Philosophical hermeneutics has become an unavoidable reference in the field throughout the twentieth century but has seldom been extended to draw conclusions in the area of political theory. Two intellectuals that have contributed to such a project are Charles Taylor and Gianni Vattimo, although they exhibit some important differences in key aspects of this enterprise, both at the level of the conceptual premises and at that of the prescribed policies and objectives. Here I examine these thinkers’ notion of tradition – an essential feature of hermeneutical theories – its ontological underpinnings, and the place each of them assign to it in sociopolitical decision-making, especially in the context of multicultural societies. In the end, I argue for the superiority of Taylor’s model of understanding and employing tradition in current political and moral debates.


Taylor, Vattimo, hermeneutics, multiculturalism, practical reason

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Saiz, Mauro Javier. “Taylor and Vattimo on the Place of Culture in Political Practical Reasoning.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 4 (2023):  55-72. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0033.


Mauro Javier Saiz
Instituto de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales,
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1600, C1107 AFF, Buenos Aires, Argentina


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