Old Age and Other Essays

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This book by one of Italy's oldest and wisest intellectuals is a philosophical and personal meditation on ageing. The question of old age has preoccupied writers from Cicero to Amrey, but in this volume Norberto Bobbio produces an account that is specific to our times. Born in 1909, Bobbio has lived through the major events of the past century, and his experiences of Fascism, Communism and the Cold War lend his reflections a melancholy that distinguishes them from earlier eulogies on old age and death. Bobbio's ...
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Overview

This book by one of Italy's oldest and wisest intellectuals is a philosophical and personal meditation on ageing. The question of old age has preoccupied writers from Cicero to Amrey, but in this volume Norberto Bobbio produces an account that is specific to our times. Born in 1909, Bobbio has lived through the major events of the past century, and his experiences of Fascism, Communism and the Cold War lend his reflections a melancholy that distinguishes them from earlier eulogies on old age and death. Bobbio's conclusions are often sobering, yet his investigations into memory and mortality is written with both humour and emotion.
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One of Italy's oldest intellectuals, born in 1909, meditates on philosophical and personal aspects of ageing in this collection of essays. He intertwines his experiences of fascism, communism and the Cold War with investigations into memory and mortality. In taking stock of his life, he argues for the importance of democracy and human rights, and explains how the elderly are increasingly marginalized in contemporary society. Bobbio is emeritus professor of legal and political philosophy at the University of Turin. This text is a selection of essays that originally appeared in the Italian volume (Turin: Giulio Einaudi, 1996). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745623870
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Old Age
Disgruntled old age 3
Where is all this supposed wisdom? 5
Rhetoric and anti-rhetoric 8
The world of memory 11
I am still here 15
After death 18
Slow motion 23
Lost opportunities 28
Other Essays
To myself 35
Intellectual autobiography 44
Reflections of an octogenarian 60
Reply to my critics 65
Power and the law 74
Taking stock 80
The politics of culture 90
App.: Notes on the Text 95
Notes 97
Index 105
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