Antonio Negri

1933 - Today

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Antonio "Toni" Negri (born 1 August 1933) is an Italian Spinozistic-Marxist sociologist and political philosopher, best known for his co-authorship of Empire and secondarily for his work on Spinoza.Born in Padua, he became a political philosophy professor in his hometown university. Negri founded the Potere Operaio (Worker Power) group in 1969 and was a leading member of Autonomia Operaia. As one of the most popular theorists of Autonomism, he has published hugely influential books urging "revolutionary consciousness." He was accused in the late 1970s of various charges including being the mastermind of the left-wing terrorist organization Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse or BR), involved in the May 1978 kidnapping of Aldo Moro, two-time Prime Minister of Italy, and leader of the Christian-Democrat Party, among others. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antonio Negri has received more than 479,614 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Antonio Negri is the 361st most popular philosopher (down from 299th in 2019), the 1,021st most popular biography from Italy (down from 766th in 2019) and the 28th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Antonio Negri is most famous for his work on the theory of "biopolitics," which he developed with Michael Hardt. Biopolitics is a form of power that operates through the control of life itself, and is exercised by the state, corporations, and other institutions.

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Among philosophers, Antonio Negri ranks 361 out of 1,089Before him are Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Yi I, Wilhelm Windelband, Timon of Phlius, Francisco de Vitoria, and Masanobu Fukuoka. After him are Maurice Halbwachs, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, H. L. A. Hart, John of Salisbury, Karl Rahner, and Heinrich Rickert.

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Among people born in 1933, Antonio Negri ranks 53Before him are Quincy Jones, Samora Machel, Bobby Robson, Paul J. Crutzen, Willie Nelson, and Charles K. Kao. After him are Henryk Górecki, Tomislav Ivić, Than Shwe, Hisataka Okamoto, John Gurdon, and Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

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Among people born in Italy, Antonio Negri ranks 1,021 out of 4,088Before him are Cola di Rienzo (1313), Bruttia Crispina (164), Giovanni Battista Martini (1706), Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (1508), Tiberius Gemellus (19), and Stesichorus (-630). After him are Luigi Riva (1944), Franco Columbu (1941), Maria Theresa of Austria (1767), Giovanni Messe (1883), Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920), and Filippo Inzaghi (1973).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Antonio Negri ranks 28Before him are Aristoxenus (-360), Alcmaeon of Croton (-510), Giovanni Gentile (1875), Theano (-600), Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646), and Pietro Pomponazzi (1462). After him are Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), Thomas Cajetan (1469), Bartolus de Saxoferrato (1313), Lucilio Vanini (1585), Norberto Bobbio (1909), and Vittorino da Feltre (1378).