Gramsci on Intellectuals

“although one can speak of intellectuals, one cannot speak of non-intellectuals, because non-intellectuals do not exist. […] Each man, finally, outside his professional activity, carries on some form of intellectual activity, that is, he is a “philosopher”, an artist, a man of taste, he participates in a particular conception of the world, has a conscious line of moral conduct, and therefore contributes to sustain a concept of the world or to modify it, that is, to bring into being new modes of thought.”

Harre, Quintin and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, eds. 2014 [1971]. Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci. New York: International Publishers. (Page 9.) [Gramsci pictured.]


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