Gramsci's Political Thought (Historical Materialism Book)

Gramsci's Political Thought (Historical Materialism Book)

Language: English

Pages: 198

ISBN: 1608462773

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Focusing on the central concepts of the Prison Notebooks and relating them to the history of modern political ideas, Gramsci's Political Thought demonstrates that Gramsci’s ideas continue to be relevant for understanding today's world. Written by a leading Brazilian Marxist theorist, this book provides one of the most succinct and theoretically focused introductions to Gramsci's thought available in any language.

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Gramsci’s Political Thought Historical Materialism Book Series Editorial Board Sébastien Budgen, Paris  – Steve Edwards, London Marcel van der Linden, Amsterdam  – Peter Thomas, London VOLUME 38 The titles published in this series are listed at Gramsci’s Political Thought By Carlos Nelson Coutinho Translated from the Portuguese by Pedro Sette-Câmara With a foreword by Joseph A. Buttigieg Leiden  • boston 2012 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Coutinho,

positions and becoming the NEP’s main theoretician (this would only happen in 1923). Second, we are not discussing conscious support given by Gramsci to Bukharin after 1928, but the fact that the ideas expressed in his letter (and in many of the texts in the Notebooks) objectively represent an adherence to Bukharin’s policy and a condemnation of Stalin’s policy after 1928. As is well-known, less than two years after Gramsci’s letter, Stalin had already abandoned the NEP (which only Bukharin and

universality, but limited to the spheres of ethics and aesthetics, played a decisive role in Lukács 1963, Chapter Ten. 19.  Gramsci 1975, pp. 1563–4. 20.  Gramsci 1975, p. 1577; 1971b, p. 172. 21.  My usage of ontological concepts in the present work is always based on Lukács 1976–81, a fundamental work. 58  •  Chapter Four words, Gramsci was not a ‘politologist’ (and much less a ‘politologist’ with politicist deviations), but a critic of politics. And that in the same sense that Marx was not

concerns: that the division between rulers and ruled, leaders and led, which he acknowledged as necessary at a certain level of social development (in which there is not just the division of society into classes, but also a certain degree of technical division of labour), is not considered a ‘perpetual division of the human race’, but ‘only an historical fact, corresponding to certain conditions’. Thus it becomes necessary ‘to create the conditions in which this division [between rulers and

praxis’, the proponent of a humanist and historicist reading of Marxism, radically different from the Soviet vulgate imposed on us until then.3 Therefore, it is not by chance that, in this first Brazilian incursion, Gramsci always appeared besides Lukács with his History and Class Consciousness and Sartre with this Critique of Dialectical Reason: all three were presented as central pieces of a cultural battle that was clearly anti-dogmatic, but still substantially focused on the areas of

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