A Modernist Interpreter: Benedetto Croce and the Politics of Italian Culture

The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 5, pp. 845-861, 2000

25 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2010 Last revised: 6 Jun 2012

Richard Bellamy

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

Date Written: January 18, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Interpretor, Legislator, Intellectuals, Bauman, Hegel, Croce, Italy

Suggested Citation

Bellamy, Richard, A Modernist Interpreter: Benedetto Croce and the Politics of Italian Culture (January 18, 2010). The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 5, pp. 845-861, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1538507

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