‘A Crocean Critique of Gramsci on Historicism, Hegemony and Intellectuals’

Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 209-229, 2001

32 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010 Last revised: 12 Sep 2010

Richard Bellamy

University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute

Date Written: January 3, 2010

Abstract

Although Gramsci’s debt to Croce is well known, most commentators simply accept his criticisms of Croce and his claim to have overcome certain lacunae in the Neapolitan’s thought. This article argues that many of these criticisms misfire, and mounts a Crocean critique of Gramsci. Through a comparison of their respective views of historicism, hegemony and intellectuals, it is argued that the radical democratic and libertarian theory many post-Marxists claim to find in the Sardinian is more appropriately associated with Croce.

Keywords: Croce, Gramsci, historicism, hegemony, intellectuals, liberalism, Marxism

Suggested Citation

Bellamy, Richard, ‘A Crocean Critique of Gramsci on Historicism, Hegemony and Intellectuals’ (January 3, 2010). Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 209-229, 2001 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1530842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1530842

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