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'The Absolute Secularisation And Earthliness Of Thought'

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For Althusser the 'absolutely historicist' practice of philosophy proposed by Gramsci as effecting a rupture with the presuppositions of the prior philosophical tradition remained incapable of distinguishing Marxism from 'ideological ?conceptions of the world"'. Gramsci also recognised that, however, in an Italy still dominated by the Catholic Church, such a position could not but strengthen positions, both theoretical and political, that were less concerned with the complexities of post-Hegelian thought than with resisting the secularising, modernist impulses that appealed to the Enlightenment and its scientific heritage. Gramsci was initially stimulated to attempt to specify the meaning of the concept of immanence for the Marxist tradition in early summer of 1930 while reflecting upon Bukharin's Historical Materialism: A System of Sociology. Gramsci's study of philology with Bartoli at the University of Turin from 1911 onwards had prepared him well to deal with the naivety of such presuppositions.

Keywords: absolute secularisation; Althusser; Gramsci; Marxism



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