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New Left Review I/59, January-February 1970

New Left Review

Introduction to Della Volpe

In the 19th century, the father of Italian Marxism was Labriola, who corresponded with Engels and Plekhanov. After the formation of the Third International, its historical centre became Gramsci. Both were in different ways profoundly influenced by the Hegelian tradition which had become naturalized in Italy after the Risorgimento. It is therefore a paradox that after the Second World War, the most important philosophical school to develop within Italian Marxism has been markedly hostile to the influence of Hegel and relatively untouched by the influence of Gramsci. The founder and inspirer of this current was Galvano Delia Volpe, who was born in Imola in 1897 and died in 1968.

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