Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author and editor of, among others, 'The Future of Religion' (2005), 'The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy' (2008), 'Art's Claim to Truth' (2008), 'The Remains of Being' (2009), 'Hermeneutic Communism' (2011, coauthored with G. Vattimo) all published by Columbia University Press and translated into several languages. His work can be seen here.

His forthcoming book is Only Art Can Save Us. He has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Boston Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. 


Maduro is not Chavez

Nicolas Maduro's authoritarianism is destroying the defiant participatory democracy his predecessor set up in Venezuela.


The difference between right and left-wing populism

Right-wing populism evokes fear, left-wing populism hope.

US Elections 2016

We should all be allowed to vote on November 8

The US upcoming election will impact billions of people who don't have the right to vote in it.


Opinion is starkly different from blind violence

We need to remember that thinking, writing, and debating are significantly different from violence.


Don't be afraid of populism

Panic over the return of populism in Europe is a sign that something has stopped working among traditional parties.

War & Conflict

A philosophical approach to the refugee crisis

We shouldn't wait for philosophy to give us the solution to the crisis, but maybe it can help us propel towards it.


The winners and losers in Spain's political deadlock

Are Spain's politicians capable of taking advantage of the most serious political deadlock since the death of Franco?


Far-left Podemos has already changed Spain

The left-wing Podemos party can turn Spain into a model for other European nations where change is also needed.


Art and the era of 'existential claims'

Can today's artists intervene for the sake of global salvation?

US & Canada

Education or capital in the 21st century?

Are educational institutions the last ideological bastions resisting global capitalism?


Ten years without Derrida

In his lifetime Jacques Derrida faced criticism of conservatives resisting change in philosophical thought.


In defense of philosophy

Authors question the dominant suspicion of philosophical inquiry and critical thinking in democratic societies.