Antonio Gramsci on the essence of dialectical method



Finding the real identity beneath the apparent contradiction and differentiation, and finding the substantial diversity beneath the apparent identity, is the most delicate, misunderstood and yet essential endowment of the critic of ideas and the historian.


SOURCE: The Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935, edited by David Forgacs, with a new introduction by Eric J. Hobsbawm (New York: New York University Press, 2000), XIII: Journalism: 4: Types of Periodical, 384-390, this quote p. 389. From Selections from Cultural Writings, edited by David Forgacs and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, translated by William Boelhower (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1985), pp. 412-419 (Q24§3), in turn taken from the Prison Notebooks.


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