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Italian philosophical and political thought has been receiving ever-growing attention in international debates. This has mainly been driven by the revival of the Italian neo- and post-Marxist tradition and of the Italian interpretation of French Theory, in particular of Foucault’s biopolitics. So, is it now possible to speak of an ‘Italian Theory’ or an ‘Italian difference’ in the context of philosophical and political thought?

This book collects together leading names in Italian critical thought to examine the significant contributions that they are giving to contemporary political debates. The first part of the book draws a possible genealogy of the so-called ‘Italian Theory’, questioning the possibility of grouping together many authors, and political and theoretical approaches which are often reciprocally in conflict. The second part of the book presents certain categories that have become characteristic of Italian Thought for their original interpretation and use by some of the authors recognized as part of the Italian Theory tradition, from biopolitics and political theology to crisis and immanence.
Introduction: Alternative Narrative and Political Operation, Dario Gentili and Elettra Stimilli / Part One: Genealogies / Chapter 1: German Philosophy, French Theory, Italian Though, Roberto Esposito / Chapter 2: Post-operaism? No, Operaism, Toni Negri / Chapter 3: Italian Theory? Elements for a Genealogy, Sandro Chignola / Chapter 4: Italian Theory and its Differences: Subjectivation, Historicization, Conflict, Judith Revel / Chapter 5: Old Courses in New Countries, Mario Tronti / Part Two: Categories / Chapter 6: A World to Gain. On the Borders of Theory, Sandro Mezzadra / Chapter 7: Politics and Philosophy in Italian Radical Thought, Elettra Stimilli / Chapter 8: The Crisis Dispositive: Political Theology and Biopolitics, Dario Gentili / Chapter 9: Inhabiting Immanence. The Logic, History and Politics of an Italian Thought’s Concept, Roberto Ciccarelli
Dario Gentili is a Research Fellow at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences and was recently Visiting Researcher at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf.

Elettra Similli is a Researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

Glenda Garelli is a Research Associate at Queen Mary, University of London and Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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