Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile

Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile

by Bruce Haddock

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The Italian author Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944) occupied a radical position among philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. He tried in earnest to revolutionize idealist theory, developing a doctrine that retained the idealist conception of the thinking subject as the centre and source of any intelligible reality, while eschewing many of the unwarranted abstractions that had pervaded earlier varieties of idealism and led their adherents astray. Given his great prominence during his lifetime, it is perhaps remarkable that Gentile is so little discussed, and even then so poorly understood, in the English-speaking world. Few of his works have ever been translated into English, and these represent only a fraction of his great corpus and the many topics discussed therein. This neglect is partly explained by his close association with the Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party), of which he remained a loyal member and supporter between 1923 and his assassination in 1944. The volume comprises eleven essays. Seven of these are new pieces written especially for Thought Thinking, and are intended both to contribute to ongoing debates about Gentile's philosophy and to indicate just a few of its many aspects that continue to draw the attention of philosophers, political theorists and intellectual historians. These are supplemented by new English translations of four of Gentile’s shorter works, selected to offer some direct insight into his ideas and style of writing.

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ISBN-13: 9781845408503
Publisher: Andrews UK
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

Bruce Haddock is Professor of Modern European Social and Political Thought at Cardiff University. His principal publications include A History of Political Thought: From Antiquity to the Present (2008), A History of Political Thought: 1789 to the Present (2005), Vico's Political Thought (1986) and An Introduction to Historical Thought (1980). He is also joint editor of Vincenzo Cuoco's Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799 (2014), Evil in Contemporary Political Theory (2011), Principles and Political Order: The Challenge of Diversity (2006), Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights (2003), and The Politics of Italian Identity (2000).

James Wakefield is an Honorary Research Fellow of Cardiff University. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MA in Political Theory from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Political Theory from Cardiff University.

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