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N.1/2019 L'Italian Thought fra globalizzazione e tradizione

Saggi (Parte III) – Paradigmi e orientamenti

L’effetto Italian Thought in Belgio

Tim Christiaens
KU Leuven

Published in June, 2019

The Italian Thought Effect in Belgium

L'Italian Thought fra globalizzazione e


In recent years, Italian Thought has become an influential school of philosophical reflection. This explains the reputation of thinkers like Agamben, Negri, and Esposito far beyond the borders of Italy. Not only has Italian Thought called attention to the crisis of Derridian deconstructive thought in recent years and replaced it with a biopolitical approach, but it also attests to contemporary political issues of key urgency (post-Fordism, the state of exception, etc.). I aim to clarify this diffusion process with the specific case of Belgium, where two extra factors explain the rise of Italian Thought. The neoliberalisation of the university system renders Belgian universities particularly dependent on Anglo-Saxon research trends, while the political and economic developments of Belgium are a key example of the issues Italian Thought emphasizes.


Italian Thought, Belgian Philosophy, Globalisation, Deconstruction, Biopolitics.

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