Santiago Zabala (1975) was raised in Rome, Vienna, and Geneva. He studied philosophy at the University of Turin and at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome where he obtained his PhD in 2006. The following year Zabala was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Potsdam. After spending the spring semester of 2010 as a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, Zabala has been appointed ICREA Research Professor (with tenure) at the Pompeu Fabra University, where he currently teaches contemporary and political philosophy, supervises Ph.D. students and directs the UPF Center for Vattimo’s Archives and Philosophy. In addition to an extensive speaking schedule at conferences, festivals, and art Biennales, Zabala is also visiting professor at Renmin University, IDSVA, and several other international institutions.
He is the author of Why Only Art Can Save Us. Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (2017), The Remains of Being (2009), The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy (2008), and co-author with G. Vattimo of Hermeneutic Communism (2011). He edited G. Vattimo’s Art’s Claim to Truth (2008) and Nihilism and Emancipation (2004), Richard Rorty and G. Vattimo's The Future of Religion (2005), and Weakening Philosophy (2007) with contributions from Umberto Eco, Jean-Luc Nancy, and many other other renown thinkers. With Jeff Malpas he has co-edited Consequences of Hermeneutics: Fifty Years after Truth and Method (2010), with M. Marder Being Shaken: Ontology and the Event (2014), and with G. Iannantuono, A. Martinengo Essere e dintorni (2018) by Giani Vattimo. His forthcoming book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (2019). All the available translations of these books are listed in the “Publications” page.
Zabala writes articles, reviews, and essays for newspapers ("New York Times", "The Guardian", "Al Jazeera", "El Pais", "La Stampa"), magazines ("Los Angeles Review of Books", "The New Statesman", "Boston Review", "Public Seminar,", "E-Flux", "Claves de Razón Práctica", "La Maleta de Portbou") and philosophical Journals ("Philosophy Today", the "International Journal of Philosophical Studies", "Journal of the History of Philosophy", "Common Knowledge", "Telos", " "Political Theology"). Zabala is also the editor of the Bellaterra Publishers Series on "Political Philosophy", and co-editor (with G. Vattimo) of the Davies Group Publisher Series on "Contemporary European Cultural Studies".