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'The Philosophy Of Praxis Is The Absolute "Historicism" '

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The central thesis of this chapter is that Gramsci's absolute historicism has a different meaning from that which either Althusser or indeed even many more sympathetic commentators have ascribed to it. The philosophy of praxis's absolute historicism is the anti-metaphysical presupposition from which its capacity to be an absolute worldliness of thought and absolute humanism of history emerges; absent this central concept, or ascribe to it meanings different from that which it had for Gramsci, and these other positions of Gramsci can be easily dismissed as mere variations on themes well-known from the speculative traditions of Western philosophy. It is thus concerned in the chapter to track the slow emergence of this concept in the Prison Notebooks until the moment of its explicit formulation. It is possible to consider its articulation with the other attributes of Gramsci's project before returning to consider their integral unity in the philosophy of praxis.

Keywords: absolute historicism; Gramsci; praxis



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