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Alberto Toscano BA MA PhD

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PositionReader in Critical Theory Co-director, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
Department Sociology
Email a.toscano (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7081
Alberto Toscano BA MA PhD

Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory. He studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research, University College Dublin and the University of Warwick, from which he received his PhD in 2003.

He has taught across all levels at Goldsmiths  since he joined in 2003. In recent years, he has taught undergraduate PPE courses in philosophy (Introduction to Philosophy: Problems of Ethics and Knowledge and Subjectivity) as well as an MA course on Mapping Capitalism.

He is the author of three monographs: The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010), and (with Jeff Kinkle) Cartographies of the Absolute (2015). He edited The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics with Lorenzo Chiesa, and has translated several works by Alain Badiou, as well as Antonio Negri, Furio Jesi and Franco Fortini. He is currently working on two book projects, the first on tragedy as a political form, the second on philosophy, capitalism and ‘real abstraction’. He is also preparing two multi-volume edited collections, a Handbook of Marxism (with Bev Skeggs and Sara Farris) and Alain Badiou: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers (with Ray Brassier).

He has sat on the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory since 2004, and is series editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books.

Alberto welcomes doctoral proposals across the fields of social and political theory, philosophy, Marxism and critical theory. He has supervised dissertations on, among other topics, Guy Debord, biopolitics and human rights, the political aesthetics of memory, Latin American Marxism, Adorno, and Marxian theories of emancipation.

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[Video] Tariq Ali meets Alberto Toscano, reader in critical theory at Goldsmiths University in London, to discuss the political situation in Italy. The country was once an inspiration for the radical left in Europe, but today many struggle to understand what is happening politically in Italy ­ from “berlusconismo” to Renzi and the Five Stars Movement, Toscano gives an in­depth analysis of Italy's recent history. teleSUR [video] Alberto Toscano talking at Goldsmiths Department of Art MA Lectures 2013-14
[Video] Tariq Ali meets Alberto Toscano to discuss the political situation in Italy. [video] Alberto Toscano talking at Goldsmiths Department of Art MA Lectures 2013-14
[video] Alberto Toscano talking at the Dialectics in Critical and Sociolegal Research conference, Westminster University [Video] Alberto Toscano discusses his new book 'Fanaticism: On the uses of an Idea' at the RSA
[video] Alberto Toscano talking at the Dialectics in Critical and Sociolegal Research conference, Westminster University [Video] Alberto Toscano discusses his new book 'Fanaticism: On the uses of an Idea' at the RSA
[Video] Alberto Toscano discusses his new book 'Fanaticism: On the uses of an Idea' for The Guardian  
[Video] Alberto Toscano discusses his new book 'Fanaticism: On the uses of an Idea' for The Guardian  

Publications

Book

Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea
Toscano, Alberto. 2010. Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea. London: Verso. ISBN 9781844674244

The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze
Toscano, Alberto. 2006. The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 1403997802

Book Section

Anti-Sociology and its Limits
Toscano, Alberto. 2011. Anti-Sociology and its Limits. In: , ed. Reading Rancière. London: Continuum, pp. 217-237. ISBN 9781441137814

Marxism Expatriated: Alain Badiou's Turn
Toscano, Alberto. 2007. Marxism Expatriated: Alain Badiou's Turn. In: Jacques Bidet and Stathis Kouvelakis, eds. Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism. Leiden: Brill, pp. 529-548. ISBN 9789004145986

Aleatory Rationalism
Toscano, Alberto. Aleatory Rationalism. In: Alain Badiou; Ray Brassier and Alberto Toscano, eds. Badiou: Theoretical Writings. UNSPECIFIED.

Article

Profecía congelada: El Manifiesto Comunista hoy
Toscano, Alberto. 2014. Profecía congelada: El Manifiesto Comunista hoy. Isegoría(50), pp. 37-43. ISSN 1130-2097

Seeing it Whole: Staging Totality in Social Theory and Art
Toscano, Alberto. 2012. Seeing it Whole: Staging Totality in Social Theory and Art. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 64-83. ISSN 0038-0261

Divine Management: Critical Remarks on Giorgio Agamben's The Kingdom and the Glory
Toscano, Alberto. 2011. Divine Management: Critical Remarks on Giorgio Agamben's The Kingdom and the Glory. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 16(3), pp. 125-136. ISSN 0969-725X

The sensuous religion of the multitude: Art and abstraction in Negri
Toscano, Alberto. 2009. The sensuous religion of the multitude: Art and abstraction in Negri. Third Text, 23(4), pp. 369-382. ISSN 0952-8822

Sovereign Impunity
Toscano, Alberto. 2008. Sovereign Impunity. New Left Review, 50(n/a), pp. 128-135. ISSN 0028-6060

The Open Secret of Real Abstraction
Toscano, Alberto. 2008. The Open Secret of Real Abstraction. Rethinking Marxism, 20(2), pp. 273-287. ISSN 14758059

Carl Schmitt in Beijing: Partisanship, Geopolitics and the Demolition of the Eurocentric World
Toscano, Alberto. 2008. Carl Schmitt in Beijing: Partisanship, Geopolitics and the Demolition of the Eurocentric World. Postcolonial Studies, 11(4), pp. 417-433. ISSN 1368-8790

David Harvey
Toscano, Alberto. 2007. David Harvey. Development And Change, 38(6), pp. 1127-1135. ISSN 14677660

Powers of Pacification: State and Empire in Gabriel Tarde
Toscano, Alberto. 2007. Powers of Pacification: State and Empire in Gabriel Tarde. Economy and Society, 36, pp. 597-613. ISSN 14695766

Vital Strategies: Maurizio Lazzarato and the Metaphysics of Contemporary Capitalism
Toscano, Alberto. 2007. Vital Strategies: Maurizio Lazzarato and the Metaphysics of Contemporary Capitalism. Theory, Culture and Society, 24(6), pp. 71-91. ISSN 02632764

Agape and the Anonymous Religion of Atheism
Chiesa, Lorenzo and Toscano, Alberto. 2007. Agape and the Anonymous Religion of Atheism. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 12(1), pp. 113-126. ISSN 14692899

From Pin Factories to Gold Farmers: Editorial Introduction to a Research Stream on Cognitive Capitalism, Immaterial Labour, and the General Intellect
Toscano, Alberto. 2007. From Pin Factories to Gold Farmers: Editorial Introduction to a Research Stream on Cognitive Capitalism, Immaterial Labour, and the General Intellect. Historical Materialism, 15(1), pp. 3-11. ISSN 1569206X

Fanaticism: A brief history of the concept
Toscano, Alberto. 2006. Fanaticism: A brief history of the concept. Eurozine, ISSN 1684-4637

Can Violence Be Thought? Notes on Badiou and the Possibility of (Marxist) Politics
Toscano, Alberto. 2006. Can Violence Be Thought? Notes on Badiou and the Possibility of (Marxist) Politics. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 5(1), pp. 9-38. ISSN 14099268

Dual Power Revisited: From Civil War to Biopolitical Islam
Toscano, Alberto. 2006. Dual Power Revisited: From Civil War to Biopolitical Islam. Soft Targets, 2.1, pp. 150-155.

The Bourgeois and the islamist, or, the other subjects of Politics
Toscano, Alberto. 2006. The Bourgeois and the islamist, or, the other subjects of Politics. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 2(1-2), pp. 15-38. ISSN 18329101

Ethics and capital, ex nihilo
Chiesa, Lorenzo and Toscano, Alberto. 2005. Ethics and capital, ex nihilo. Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious, 1, pp. 9-23. ISSN 10870830

Factory, Territory, Metropolis, Empire
Toscano, Alberto. 2004. Factory, Territory, Metropolis, Empire. Angelaki, 9, pp. 197-216. ISSN 0969725X

From the State to the World? Badiou and Anti-Capitalism
Toscano, Alberto. 2004. From the State to the World? Badiou and Anti-Capitalism. Communication and Cognition, 37(3-4), pp. 199-224. ISSN 03780880

Factory, territory, metropolis, Empire
Toscano, Alberto. 2004. Factory, territory, metropolis, Empire. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 9(2), pp. 197-216. ISSN 0969-725X

Art Against Empire: On Alliez and Negri's 'Peace and War'
Toscano, Alberto. 2003. Art Against Empire: On Alliez and Negri's 'Peace and War'. Theory Culture & Society, 20(2), pp. 103-108. ISSN 14603616

The Method of Nature, The Crisis of Critique
Toscano, Alberto. 2001. The Method of Nature, The Crisis of Critique. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 11, pp. 36-61.

To Have Done with the End of Philosophy
Toscano, Alberto. 2000. To Have Done with the End of Philosophy. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 9, pp. 220-238.

Fanaticism and Production: On Schelling's Philosophy of Indifference
Toscano, Alberto. 1999. Fanaticism and Production: On Schelling's Philosophy of Indifference. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 8, pp. 46-70.

The Culture of Abstraction
Toscano, Alberto. The Culture of Abstraction.

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