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Conclusion Marxism And Philosophy: Today

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This chapter considers the capacity of Gramsci's treatment of the question of 'Marxism and philosophy'. Gramsci argued that the Marxism of his time had been subject to a double revision: on the one hand, an 'orthodox' tendency that relapsed into metaphysical materialism; and on the other hand, an eclectic or syncretic tendency that combined Marx's thought with various more-or-less idealist positions. Gramsci's formulation of the philosophy of praxis as an 'absolute historicism' provides contemporary Marxism with the capacity to consider historically not only other thought-forms but also the nature of its own historical constitution and possible revitalisation. The renewal of the 'Gramscian moment' today must ultimately be practised as a critical intervention into the revitalisation of a Marxism that strives to become such an 'alternative conception of the world', a self-reflexive and dynamic movement capable of vivifying a new and 'integral civilisation'.

Keywords:Gramsci; Gramscian moment; Marx; Marxism; philosophy



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