A Modernist Interpreter: Benedetto Croce and the Politics of Italian Culture
University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute
January 18, 2010
The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 5, pp. 845-861, 2000
In his classic study of intellectuals, Zygmunt Bauman distinguishes between modern legislators and postmodern interpreters. This article challenges one feature in particular – the missing figure of the “modern” interpreter. If Bauman grants that most interpreters are to some degree legislators, he overlooks the whole Hegelian tradition’s attempt at an interpretative defense of modernity that revealed its intrinsic rationality. Benedetto Croce provides an interesting case study of this missing position.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Interpretor, Legislator, Intellectuals, Bauman, Hegel, Croce, Italy
Date posted: January 19, 2010 ; Last revised: June 6, 2012