Beyond Metaphysics : Gianni Vattimo and the meaning of hermeneutics for political theory. / Bacon, Michael.

In: Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 42, No. 8, 01.10.2016, p. 763–776.

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In: Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 42, No. 8, 01.10.2016, p. 763–776.

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