Alberto Toscano

Alberto Toscano
Born 1 January 1977
Nationality British
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Western Marxism
Main interests
Cultural criticism

Alberto Toscano (born 1 January 1977) is a British cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator best known to the English-speaking world for his translations of 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.


Alberto Toscano's own 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.[1] He is the author of The Theatre of Production (2006), and his book Fanaticism: 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,[2] 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" [3] since the mid-1990s.

Selected bibliography

Translated books
  • Alain Badiou, Logics of Worlds, London: Continuum, 2009.
  • Alain Badiou, The Century, London: Polity, 2007.
  • (with M. Mandarini) Antonio Negri, Political Descartes: Reason, Ideology and the Bourgeois Project, London: Verso, 2007.
  • Alain Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.
  • (with Ray Brassier), Alain Badiou, Theoretical Writings, London: Continuum, 2004.
  • (with E.R. Albert), Éric Alliez, The Signature of the World, Or, What is Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy?, London: Continuum, 2004.
  • (with Nina Power), Alain Badiou, On Beckett, London: Clinamen Press, 2003.
Authored books
  • Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006.
  • Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea, New York: Verso, 2010. Le Fanatisme. Modes d'emploi, La fabrique, 2011 (FR).
  • Cartographies of the Absolute, with Jeff Kinkle, Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2015.

Film appearances

See also


  1. Toscano's Author Page at Institute for the Unstable Media
  2. Criminalising Dissent
  3. Alex Callinicos (July 1, 2010). "Marxism 2010: fixing a broken system". Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
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