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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