The Idea of the Republic

The Idea of the Republic

by Norberto Bobbio, Maurizio Viroli, Allan Cameron
     
 

In this lively and engaging book, Norberto Bobbio, the most 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 today. Through a series of engaging philosophical reflections on republicanism, patriotism, civil…  See more details below

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In this lively and engaging book, Norberto Bobbio, the most 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 today. Through a series of engaging philosophical reflections on republicanism, patriotism, civil virtue, rights, duties, religious experience and more, they succeed in bringing to light the relevance of these concepts to our lives in the twenty-first century. This book is an exciting example of political philosophy in action, with a breadth of reference (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Rousseau, Pettit and Skinner) and a lightness of touch which is uncommon in works in this field. The Idea of the Republic provides an excellent introduction for newcomers to the work of Bobbio. For the reader already versed in Bobbio's ideas, it will provide above all the spark of serious intellectual debate.

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"This delightful dialogue moves with ease between ideas in the history of political thought and political theory and issues in contemporary politics, Italian, European and global. It breathes new political life into old academic bones."
—Philip Pettit, William Nelson Cromwell, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630977
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/17/2003
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
0.24(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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From the Publisher
"This delightful dialogue moves with ease between ideas in the history of political thought and political theory and issues in contemporary politics, Italian, European and global. It breathes new political life into old academic bones."
—Philip Pettit, William Nelson Cromwell, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Meet the Author

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

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

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