Systems, love, philosophy, science, end-means, anthropomorphism, economy, action, success, separation: these are the main theoretical themes of "that strange and extraordinary dialogue" that developed between Eugenio Colorni and Altiero Spinelli in the Ventotene island (1939-42). They represent an easily accessible, interdisciplinary, iconoclastic, liberating, and fantastic intellectual feast under extreme conditions of confinement imposed by the fascist regime. They developed hand in hand with the political discussion that, with the contribution of Ernesto Rossi and Ursula Hirschmann, gradually unveiled the well-known political Manifesto for the unification of Europe.
About the Author
Altiero Spinelli (1907-1986) was an intellectual and politician. After ten years' incarceration he was confined in Ventotene, where together with Eugenio Colorni, Ernesto Rossi, and Ursula Hirschmann he promoted the European Federalist Movement. In the after-war together with Ursula Hirschmann, he launched many Europeanist initiatives. He was a member of the European Economic Commission, a member of the European Parliament, and the President of the Institutional Commission.