Lucio Colletti  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Lucio Colletti (December 8, 1924, Rome–November 3, 2001, Venturina, Campiglia Marittima, Province of Livorno) was one of the most important Italian philosophers of the twentieth century, and one of a select few to be known also outside Italy. Colletti started to be known outside Italy because of a long interview that Marxist historian Perry Anderson published in the New Left Review in 1974.

Colletti studied philosophy at the University of Messina with the Marxist philosopher Galvano Della Volpe. Coletti was well-known as a critic of Hegelian idealism and also later became a noted critic of Marxism.

Colletti changed very often his political beliefs and abandoned many of his early Marxist beliefs. Colletti joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in 1949 and emerged as an important cultural party figure. In 1964, Coletti left the PCI because the break with its semi-Stalinist past was leading in what he called a "patently rightward direction." In the 1970s he was among the supporters of Socialist leader Bettino Craxi. From 1996 until his death he was elected in the list of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi's rightwing political party, in the Italian parliament.

Selected publications

  • “The Theory of the Crash”. Telos 13 (Fall 1972). New York: Telos Press.
  • 1972 (1974) From Rousseau to Lenin
  • 1973 (1979) Marxism and Hegel

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