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Galvano Della Volpe was the dominant philosopher of Italian Marxism for twenty years after the Liberation. His most important book was a work of aesthetic theory - Critique of Taste. Della Volpe, proponent of a robust materialism in all his writings, was concerned to rehabilitate the inherently rationally and intellectual nature of art. Opposing both the sociological reductionism of Plekhanov or Lukacs, and the formalist irrationalism of Croce or New Criticism, Della Volpe's aim was to demonstrate that conceptual meaning is always inseparable from aesthetic effect. Whether he is discussing Pindar or Gongora, Cleanth Brooks or Roland Barthes, Goethe or Mallarme, Della Volpe is always challenging, always illuminating. Critique of Taste represents one of the major crossroads of twentieth-century aesthetics.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesMarxism & CommunismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: aestheticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 - Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 20/11/1991 ISBN-13: 9780860915652  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Galvano Della Volpe was born in 1895. From Logica come scienza positiva in 1950 his work had increasing influence, and the publication of Rousseau e Marx in 1960 confirmed the importance of his thought within Italian Marxism. Della Volpe died in 1968.

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