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: Peter D. Thomas EDITOR(S) The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, ISBN : 978-93-5002-212-2 Hegemony and Marxism PUBLISHER YEAR PRICE TERRITORY SUBJECT : : : : : : SIZE Demy octavo Aakar Books 2013 Rs. 495.00 World Philosophy, Marxism

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Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are today acknowledged as a classic of the human and social sciences in the twentieth century. The influence of his thought in numerous fields of scholarship is only exceeded by the diverse interpretations and readings to which it has been subjected, resulting in often contradictory ‘images of Gramsci’. This book draws on the rich recent season of Gramscian philological studies in order to argue that the true significance of Gramsci’s thought consists in its distinctive position in the development of the Marxist tradition. Providing a detailed reconsideration of Gramsci’s theory of the state and concept of philosophy, The ‘Gramscian moment’ argues for the urgent necessity of taking up the challenge of developing a ‘philosophy of praxis’ as a vital element in the contemporary revitalization of Marxism. Peter D. Thomas, studied at the University of Queensland, Freie Universitat Berlin, L’Universita “Federico II”, Naples, and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has published on Marxist political theory and philosophy. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Note on the Text Acknowledgements

Marxist philosophy today 1.2.3.12.2.1.3.14.13.2.5. State.1. A labyrinth within a labyrinth? Chapter Three: ‘A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma’? On the Literary Form of the Prison Notebooks 3.3.2.1. Detours via detours 2. past and present 2.2. A theoretical toolbox? 2.7.3.2. Antinomies of the united front 2.3. Althusserianism 1. ‘Fur ewig’ 3.1. Reading ‘Capital’ in its moment 1.1. Gramsci’s organic concepts 1.3. A strategy of detours 3.2.1.9. Shadows of Croce 2. Marxist philosophy 1.1.4. An arbitrary and mechanical hypostatization of the moment of hegemony 3.5.3.2.3.5.4. First phase 3.1. Easy and West. The Althusserian and Gramscian moments 1.3. The spectre of Kautsky 2. ‘I can only think of Gramsci’ 1. ‘Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci’ 2.Preface Chapter One: The Moment of Reading ‘Capital’ 1. A helmet of Hades? 3.4.2.8. Three phases of work 3. political society 3.6. ‘A new practice of philosophy’ 1. Philosophy. integral state.2. Traces of the past 3.4.5. 1+1=3 2.1.10. Second phase . Political society + civil society = state 2.1.3.1. Incompletion and reconstruction 2.11. superstructures and ideologies 3.1. An enduring encounter 1.4. The emergence of hegemony 2. ‘A new philosophy of praxis’ 1. From ‘m’ to the ‘philosophy of praxis’ 3. Three versions of hegemony in the West 2.2.2.5.2. Code language 3. Hieroglyphs 3.1.4.3. Marxism and philosophy 1.6.3. Base and superstructure. …and its deformation 2. Gramscianism 1. hegemony and the state: ‘metaphysical event’ and ‘philosophical fact’ Chapter Two: Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci? 2.1.2. ‘The last great theoretical debate of Marxism’ 1.

Antinomies of East and West 6. War of position 4. Superstructural ‘levels’ 5. The birth of civil society 4.5. Civil society versus the state 5.3.8.6. Duration versus historical epoch 4.3.4.2.2.4.2.10.1.1. Preliminary philology 3. The ‘particularity’ of the integral state 5. An unfinished dialogue 3. The hegemonic apparatus: political power as immanent to class power 6.9. ‘The concept of civil society as used in these notes 5. Incompletion: a work in progress 3. The absent centre of the West 6.1.1.4.6.8. Two phases of passive revolution 4.2. A generic theory of social power? 6.2. Differential temporalities 3.2.1.4.1.5.2.3. The international capitalist state-form 6. Civil society as the ‘secret’ of the state 5.3.1.1.2.2. Political society sive the state? 5.3. Modernity as passive revolution? Chapter Five: Civil and Political Hegemony 5. Third phase 3. An Ariadne’s thread 3.4.6. The ‘underdeveloped’ West 6. The ‘dual perspective’ 5. Hegemony.1.2.3.1. Fragmentary philology 3.1.3. The realisation of hegemony . The ‘location’ of hegemony Chapter Six: ‘The Realisation of Hegemony’ 6.5.2.1.6. Predominance as weakness 6. The ‘integral state’ 4. Attributes of the integral state 5.3. Which Lenin? 6.6.1.2.7.1.1.6. The education of the educator 3.6.2.2. The state as the ‘truth’ of civil society 5. An anti-philosophical novel 3. Passive revolution 4.1.1.2.2. Consent versus coercion 5.4.2. Crisis of authority 4. Differential temporalities of the state 6.5. The long nineteenth century 4.7.5. Necessary incompletion 3. West versus East 6. ‘War of position’ versus ‘war of movement’ 4. A Modern classic Chapter Four: Contra the Passive Revolution 4.1. bourgeois and proletarian 6.2.4.2. ‘Political leadership becomes an aspect of domination’ 5.2.2.5.2.2.

Gramsci: linguist 8.4. Why immanence? 8. Post-Marxism avant la letter 7.1. Aufhebung as inheritance: supersession and assumption 8.2. History of freedom 7.3.4.4. History.4. Philosophy sive history sive politics 7. The ‘tendential laws’ of the ‘determinate market’: the ‘philology’ of ‘relations Of force’ 8.1.3.3. The kernel of the philosophy of praxis 8.3. Gramsci’s NEP 6.9.1.8. The Diesseitigkeit of absolute immanence: theory 8.1.1. NEP – united front – civil and political hegemony 6. Under the shadow of Croce 8.7. ‘Speculative immanence and historical and realistic immanence’ 8.1.2.1. Croce’s absolute historicism 7.2.1. The philosophy of praxis as the ‘catharsis’ of a determinate practical life 7.1. Speculative philosophy as a moment of hegemony 7.3. Two critiques: liquidation and dilution 7.2.2. Ideology sive philosophy 7. metaphor.2.1.2.3.6. Three sources of Marxism or ‘historical process still in movement’? . Reform or destruction of the dialectic? 7. The popular aspect of modern historicism 7. Actually of the united front Chapter Seven: ‘The Philosophy of Praxis is the Absolute “Historicism”’ 7.2. Theory of history and historiography 7.2. Gramsci: economist 8.3.5.3.3.1.5. ‘The so-called objectivity of the external world’ Chapter Eight: ‘The Absolute Secularisation and Earthliness of Thought’ 8.3.2. ‘Determinate market’ 8. The non-contemporaneity of the present 7.3.2. Towards a philosophy of praxis 7. ‘A completely autonomous and independent structure of thought’ 8.5.2. An Anti-Croce 7.1. The impossibility of an ‘essential section’ 7. Gramsci contra Bukharin…and Diamat 7. ‘The absolute “historicism”’ 7.2.5.3.5.2.7.2.3.2.1.1.4. hegemony 8. Gramsci’s absolute historicism: a first approach 7.5.3.1.3.4.1.4.4. Traces of immanence 8. Speculation 7.6.3.2. ‘Also science is a superstructure’ 8.2.4.2.5.2. Spectres of Bukharin 8.5.4.’Absolute immanence’ 8. The ‘transcendence’ of philosophies of immanence 8.2.4.2. ‘The philosophy of praxis is the absolute “historicism”’ 7. Althusserian science 8.5.2. The subterranean current of philosophies of immanence 8. The NEP 6. Nominalism versus philology 8.4. Historical materialism 7.3.3.6.

‘Rendering practice more coherent’ 8.6.4. Logical coherence 8. Una persona coerente 8.5. Intellectuals and the integral state 9.5. Philosophos sive politicus 9. The identity of theory and practice Chapter Nine: ‘An Absolute Humanism of History’ 9.2.2.1.6.2.6. A return of the subject? 9.2.1. The incoherence of senso comune 8. Neo-humanism 9.1.7. Humanism.Immanence as the ‘unitary synthetic moment’ of the philosophy of praxis 8. The merely ‘formal’ difference of coherence 8.1.2.6.1.3. Subject of persona? 9.6.4. ‘Renaissance’ versus ‘Reformation’ 9.3.2.3.2.4. The ‘modern Prince’ and apparatus of proletarian hegemony as ‘philosophical fact’ Conclusion: Marxism and Philosophy: Today References Name Index Subject Index Send Your Orders: .5. The democratic philosopher as collectivity 9.1.1. Immanence = theory 8.4. hegemony and intellectuals 9.5. Marxism and the intellectuals 9.6.3. A sociology of the Italian intellectuals 9.6. The democratic philosopher as Aeolian harp 9.2. Platonic anti-Platonism 8.2.6.4.6.4. Organic and traditional intellectuals 9.7.1. Function of intellectuals 9. The humanist controversy 9.3.5. A power mechanism for conforming new forces 9.1.3. The democratic philosopher and senso comune 9. An ‘ensemble of historically determined social relations’ 9.4. Renaissance humanism 9. The Gramscian ‘person’ 9. The democratic philosopher 9.1.1. Coherence and the capacity to act 8.5.5.6.2. The union of humanism and historicism 9.1.

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