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Labriola, Antonio (1843–1904)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC046-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Antonio Labriola was the founder of Italian theoretical Marxism. Generally situated in the Marxism of the Second International, he was more questioning than others in that movement. He profoundly influenced the development of Italian thought, constantly challenging the influential idealism of Benedetto Croce and Giovanni Gentile. His attempt to maintain a place for human creativity within a deterministic Marxist view of history influenced Antonio Gramsci and helped give Italian Eurocommunism its distinctive flexibility. His concepts of ‘genetic method’, ‘social morphology’, ‘philosophy of praxis’ and ‘social pedagogy’ are indications of this attempt.

Citing this article:
Hunt, Geoffrey. Labriola, Antonio (1843–1904), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC046-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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