The Idea of the Republic / Edition 1

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In this lively and engaging book, Norberto Bobbio, the distinguished contemporary Italian philosopher, and the political theorist Maurizio Viroli, explore a range of themes relating to the idea of the Republic and some of the major political and ethical issues of the day.

  • A lively discussion of politics and political theory by one of the world’s most distinguished political theorists and philosophers.
  • Provides an excellent introduction to the work of Bobbio for the newcomer.
  • Explains the idea of the Republic and some of the major political and ethical themes of the day.
  • Demonstrates philosophy in action, with a breadth of reference including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Rousseau, Pettit and Skinner.
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"This delightful dialogue moves with ease between ideas in thehistory of political thought and political theory and issues incontemporary politics, Italian, European and global. It breathesnew political life into old academic bones."
—Philip Pettit, William Nelson Cromwell, Professor ofPolitics, Princeton University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745630960
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Norberto Bobbio is Emeritus Professor of Legal and PoliticalPhilosophy at the University of Turin.

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Politics at PrincetonUniversity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Edition 1
1 Virtue and the Republic 8
2 Patriotism 15
3 What Kind of Freedom? 26
4 Meekness and Intransigence 31
5 Rights and Duties 35
6 Fear of God and Love of God 44
7 The Republic and its Problems 66
8 Hidden Powers 82
9 Can the Republic be Renewed? 90
Notes 101
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