Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is widely regarded as the most original political thinker in the tradition of Western Marxism and an outstanding intellectual figure. Arrested and imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in 1926, he died before fully regaining his freedom. Yet his voluminous notebooks-thousands of pages of brilliant reflections on an extraordinary range of subjects-established an enduring intellectual legacy.
Hailed by Terry Eagleton in the Guardian as "definitive," Columbia's multivolume Prison Notebooks is the only complete critical edition of these seminal writings in English. In this volume, Gramsci elaborates his concepts of hegemony, civil society, and the state, reflects extensively on Machiavelli's political philosophy, and offers a trenchant critique of the cultural politics and political culture of fascism. Gramsci's philosophy of praxis and conception of historical materialism are also brought into relief by a detailed critique of positivism and idealism. Accompanying critical notes clarify his historical and cultural references, identify his sources, and place his ideas in the context of his earlier writings and letters....Continua