On the ‘Philosophical Foundations’ of Italian Workerism: A Conceptual Approach

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Adelino ZaniniDepartment of Economics, University of Ancona Italy, Email:

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This article explores some of the crucial conceptual dimensions of Italian workerist Marxism [operaismo], identifying both its underlying impetus and its limits in particular interpretations of Marxian concepts. Particular emphasis is placed on the manner in which the focus of workerists such as Mario Tronti and Antonio Negri on living labour, antagonism and class-composition can be understood in terms of a philosophy of subjectivity founded on a Marxian conception of difference.

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