The Young Mario Tronti


A Living Unity in the Marxist: Introduction to Tronti’s Early Writings | Andrew Anastasi

These texts pro­vide the read­er with not only some of the ideas per­co­lat­ing in the mind of the young Tron­ti, but also a win­dow into the pre­his­to­ry of operais­mo: the tumul­tuous debates with­in the Ital­ian left of the 1950s over the mean­ings of Marx­ism.

Some Questions around Gramsci’s Marxism (1958) | Mario Tronti

Cer­tain­ly we must assert the nov­el­ty, the orig­i­nal­i­ty, the auton­o­my of Marx­ism. But the nov­el­ty of Marx­ism against any oth­er phi­los­o­phy con­sists not in ask­ing more of it as a phi­los­o­phy; its orig­i­nal­i­ty con­sists in its offer of sci­ence to phi­los­o­phy, or rather in its con­ceiv­ing the prop­er phi­los­o­phy only as sci­ence, as a “spe­cif­ic con­cep­tion of a spe­cif­ic object.”

Between Dialectical Materialism and Philosophy of Praxis: Gramsci and Labriola (1959) | Mario Tronti

First one has all of Marx revolve around Hegel, then one removes Hegel from the cen­ter and says: see, Marx fails to rotate on his own. This is how the inter­pre­ta­tion of a the­o­ry coin­cides with its liq­ui­da­tion. In fact pre­cise­ly this mis­un­der­stand­ing has dri­ven Marx’s thought to the mar­gins of con­tem­po­rary philo­soph­i­cal thought.

On Marxism and Sociology (1959) | Mario Tronti

One absolute­ly can­not accept that there exists a researcher who offers mate­r­i­al to the the­o­rist, and then there is a the­o­rist who re-elab­o­rates it and pro­duces the­o­ry. Rather, there is a con­tin­u­ous uni­ty real­ized already with­in Marx­ism, and it lives pre­cise­ly in the per­son of the Marx­ist.

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is a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint and a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center.