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Gramsci and the ‘organic’ philospher

April 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

While reading Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice, I was pleased to see his references to Gramsci. The passage on all ‘men’ being spontaneous philosophers seems to me to be modestly adapted to all men and women being spontaneous learners. In the following gloss on Gramsci’s idea I will simply substitute ‘learner’ for philosopher.

“It is essential to destroy the widespread prejudice that learning is a strange and difficult thing just because it is the specific intellectual activity of a particular category of specialists or of professional and systematic learners”.

“It must be shown that all individuals are learners by defining the limits and characteristics of the ’spontaneous learning’ which is proper to everybody”.


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