Alberto Toscano
Born1 January 1977
Moscow, USSR
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolWestern Marxism
Main interests
Cultural criticism

Alberto Toscano (born 1 January 1977) is an Italian cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher, and translator. He has translated the work of Alain Badiou, including Badiou's The Century and Logics of Worlds. He served as both editor and translator of Badiou's Theoretical Writings and On Beckett.


Toscano was born in Moscow, USSR, on 1 January 1977. He studied philosophy at the Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research, where he received his BA Liberal Arts in 1997. He received his MA in Continental Philosophy at the University College Dublin in 1999. He then went on to pursue a PhD in philosophy at the University of Warwick, which he completed in 2003.[1]

Toscano works across critical social theory and philosophy. His current research is divided into three main strands:[1]

His work has been described both as an investigation of the persistence of the idea of communism in contemporary thought and a genealogical inquiry into the concept of fanaticism.[2] He is the author of The Theatre of Production (2006), and his book Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea was published in 2010. Toscano has published on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory. In an article on the Tarnac 9 case, written for The Guardian in December 2009,[3] Toscano argues that society is losing its ability to distinguish between vandalism and terrorism.

A reader in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Toscano is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory. According to Alex Callinicos this journal "has been one of the main drivers of the academic revival of Marxism" [4] since the mid-1990s. Toscano is also the series editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books.[5][6]

Selected bibliography

Translated books
Edited book
Authored books

Film appearances

See also


  1. ^ a b Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor Alberto Toscano
  2. ^ "V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media". V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media.
  3. ^ Toscano, Alberto (January 28, 2009). "Criminalising dissent". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Alex Callinicos (July 1, 2010). "Marxism 2010: fixing a broken system". Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  5. ^ The Italian List. Series Editor: Alberto Toscano
  6. ^ Untimely Italians: A Profile of The Italian List and Interview with Alberto Toscano,, 22 July, 2014.