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ERIC Number: EJ932025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
"Relative Ignorance": "Lingua" and "Linguaggio" in Gramsci's Concept of a Formative "Aesthetic" as a Concern for Power
Baldacchino, John
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v43 n6 p579-597 Aug 2011
This essay looks at the relationship between formative aesthetics, language and the historical anticipation that begins with Antonio Gramsci's discussion of Kant's idea of "noumenon". In Gramsci both education (as "formazione") and aesthetics stem from a concern for power in terms of the hegemonic relations that are inherent to history as a political horizon. The title cites Gramci's suggestion that Kant's "noumenon" should be read as a proviso set apart by a "relative ignorance" of reality ["relativa ignoranza" "della realta"] to be resolved by a future science. Yet far from another epistemological layering, a future science must also resolve those hegemonic relations of power that emerge from formation as a political act figured in the agonistic character of language as "lingua" and "linguaggio". Further down the lane of our "relative ignorance" we are confronted by a Post-Taylorist condition that precludes any false hopes of a reversal of society's educational, economic and political misfortunes. Yet, while Post-Taylorism confirms that this state of affairs is irreversible, a deeper inquiry into the aesthetic-agonistic character of formation could afford us answers that are in no way solutions but, because adept to struggle and are characteristically aesthetical, might provide an understanding of the logic of irreversibility. Because it remains conscious of its "relative ignorance", this assumption offers a hopeful approach that comes to us sideways; thereby avoiding the predicament of what Lyotard and Thebaud regarded as a condition where "the prescriptive is derived from the descriptive".
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