Introducing giovanni gentile, the 'philosopher of fascism'

Thomas Clayton

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This essay aims to introduce Giovanni Gentile to scholars of Gramsci studies broadly and Gramsci-education studies more specifically. The largest part of the essay explores Gentile's academic life, his philosophical agenda, and his political career. Having established a basis for understanding the educational reform Gentile enacted as Mussolini's first Minister of Public Instruction, the essay then surveys the substantial contemporaneous and contemporary English-language material about it. The essay engages this literature only lightly and briefly in conclusion, for the primary purpose of illustrating the danger of eschewing it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-660
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Educational reform in fascist italy
  • Giovanni gentile (biography, philosophy, political career)
  • Gramsci
  • Riforma gentile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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