Italian Theory. Una riflessione critica

Does something like an Italian Theory exist at all? The common thread that goes from Machiavelli through Vico until Gramsci is at the core of the contemporary debate. But are generic categories of “conflict” and “life” able to hold together such different authors in such a long period of time? Rather than on generalizations, in this paper I will focus on smaller groups of authors in order to shed lights on their own approach to the issue of “conflict”; particularly, I will analyze the operaistic and post-operaistic approach in the second half of the last Century, which established retrospectively a kind of “tradition” (e.g. Machiavelli).