From: Gerald A. Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sun Mar 21 2004 - 08:31:18 EST
Speaking of Gramsci, didn't he assert that human practice _is_ philosophy and that we engage in a "philosophy of praxis"? Does that mean that those of us who joined yesterday with an estimated eleven million others world-wide in anti-war protests were engaging in the construction and reconstruction of philosophy? Or, does the (re)construction of philosophy require _more than_ practice? There were somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 demonstrators in New York City yesterday. The _New York Times_ reported yesterday, I read on another list, that _2 million_ people demonstrated against the war in Rome -- but I am skeptical of this estimate. Did _you_ demonstrate yesterday? If so, could you give us a brief "praxis report"? How could the anti-war movement be analyzed from a Gramscian perspective? From a systematic dialectical perspective would it be theorized as contingency? And, if so, could it be theorized as "contingency of a moment's content", or a "major contingent external" or as a "minor contingent external"? (*) How could it be analyzed from other perspectives including that of "Open Marxism"? In solidarity, Jerry (*) See Geert's "On 'Becoming Necessity' in an Organic Systematic Dialectic: The Case of Creeping Inflation" in Albritton, R. and Simoulidis, J. (eds.) (2003) _New Dialectics and Political Economy_, pp. 42-59. See especially pp.43-44. PS related to Ajit's question: there was a sizable correspondence between Sraffa and Gramsci. Did a discussion of Hegel and Hegelianism occur in those exchanges?
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