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Fabio Frosini

Fabio Frosini is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Urbino (Italy). His research interests include Renaissance philosophy and culture, Marxist thought, and History of political philosophy.

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Posts by Fabio Frosini:

  • Subalterns Religion and the Philosophy of Praxis in Gramsci s Prison Notebooks

    Posted at IGS Archive: 28 Nov 2019
    Originally published in Rethinking Marxism | 2016
  • The purpose of this essay is to reconstruct the relationship between subalterns, religion, and philosophy in Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. With the birth of mass society—that is, with the entry onto the political scene of the popular masses, and above all of the peasantry—politics entered directly into relation with irrational passions bound up with the religious mentality, and hegemony was constructed not thanks to the institution of a “filter” for the passions (as was the parliament of “notables”) but through the mastering of those “passions” using forms of Caesarist and charismatic democracy. In Gramsci’s view, the political action of the subaltern classes had to confront this new form of hegemony by recognizing the value of the profound content of religious ideas (which always indicate the need for a unification of theory and practice) and by working on a “translation” of those ideas into the forms of self-organization and self-emancipation.

  • Qué es la crisis de hegemonía. Apuntes sobre historia, revolución y visibilidad en Gramsci

    Posted at IGS Archive: 28 Nov 2019
    Originally published in Las Torres de Lucca | 2017
  • History appears already to the young Gramsci as a system of forces in unstable balance, which struggle to position themselves on the side of history, to identify with it. For this reason, in his reading of Marxism, the unity of history is a result, the product of a successful strategy of hegemony building. This article reviews the Gramscian theory of hegemony and tries to show its coherence with the philosophy of praxis, that is, with the notion of the fundamentally practical nature of reality. In particular, it is argued that, on the one hand, a crisis of hegemony must be understood as disintegrating (and not emptying) a hegemonic system, which allows subordinated hegemonic moments to emerge; on the other hand, the crisis itself is determined by the formulation of hegemonic discourses that try to escape their condition of subordination.


    Posted at IGS Archive: 28 Nov 2019
    Originally published in Actuel Marx | 2015

  • Cosmopolitanism Nationalism and Hegemony. Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and the European Crisis

    Posted at IGS Archive: 25 Nov 2019
    Originally published in International Critical Thought | 2017
  • This research is based upon three interrelated elements: the European crisis, Italian Fascism and the analysis of the two carried out by Antonio Gramsci in the Prison Notebooks, that is, the notes he wrote during his detention in Fascist prisons from 1929 to 1935. However, the aim of this contribution is to shed light not on Gramsci’s analysis of the European crisis and the regime in Italy as such, but on the way in which this analysis interacts with the constellations of political power and of hegemonic social forces existing in Italy and in Europe at the time. Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are in fact not reflections on a defeat, made far away— both physically and mentally—from the on-going struggle (as they have often been interpreted in the past), but a strategic analysis of opportunities for communist political initiative presented by the new European and Italian situation of the late 1920s and early 1930s.