Santiago Zabala

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, 'Only Art Can Save Us (2017), 'Hermeneutic Communism' (2011, coauthored with G. Vattimo), 'The Future of Religion' (2005), all published by Columbia University Press and translated into several languages. His work can be seen here.

His forthcoming book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (2018). He has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Spain

The Catalan crisis is not just about nationalism

What is happening in Catalonia is a symptom of much larger crisis that liberal democracies are suffering from.

The Catalan crisis is not just about nationalism

Venezuela

Maduro is not Chavez

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

Maduro is not Chavez

Politics

The difference between right and left-wing populism

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

The difference between right and left-wing populism

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.

We should all be allowed to vote on November 8

Politics

Opinion is starkly different from blind violence

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

Opinion is starkly different from blind violence

Politics

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.

Don't be afraid of populism

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.

A philosophical approach to the refugee crisis

Politics

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?

The winners and losers in Spain's political deadlock

Politics

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.

Far-left Podemos has already changed Spain

Environment

Art and the era of 'existential claims'

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

Art and the era of 'existential claims'

US & Canada

Education or capital in the 21st century?

Are educational institutions the last ideological bastions resisting global capitalism?

Education or capital in the 21st century?

Algeria

Ten years without Derrida

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

Ten years without Derrida