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3. Political Implications

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This chapter shows how Gramsci's positive relationship with cultural and linguistic heterogeneity contributed to shaping his political and intellectual profile. It begins with a recapitulation of some particularly significant elements. The chapter discusses the essential task of clarifying and stressing the points about Gramsci's ideas on language which leads the author to express reservations about the works of the major experts in the field - Peter Ives, Franco Lo Piparo and Tullio De Mauro. It starts especially from Ives's interpretation, while taking up those of De Mauro and Lo Piparo. Most of Gramsci's prison work was aimed at confuting the philosophical premises of both positivist Marxism and Croce's liberal idealism - with the former including, for Gramsci, not only simplistic Soviet formulations as exemplified by Bukharin's popular manual, but also the reformist gradualism typical of the Second International.

Keywords: Gramsci; linguistic themes; Marxism; political profile



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