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Civilization and Self-Government : The Political Thought of Carlo Cattaneo

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Civilization and Self-Government is the first systematic attempt to explicitly articulate the key elements of Carlo Cattaneo's pioneering attempt to advance freedom and self-government in nineteenth-century Europe. His public science combined two elements that constitute the two parts of this book: the study of incivilimento, and the art and science of self-governance. Cattaneo argued that people have to learn the arts of incivilimento before they can practice self-governance.Cattaneo's ideas recast, enrich, and broaden knowledge of the history of European thought beyond that generally available in English and French.show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739188127
  • 9780739188125

About Filippo Sabetti

Filippo Sabetti is professor of political science at McGill University.show more

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To all who are devoted to developing a firm intellectual foundation for the design of self-governing societies, I strongly recommend Filippo Sabetti's new book on the political thought of Carlo Cattaneo. Most of us want to support civilizations that are foundational for democracy, but Cattaneo recognized the deep challenges. Sabetti helps the modern reader take hold of the past so as to improve the future. -- Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, Bloomington and 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner Carlo Cattaneo has been a neglected thinker in the English speaking world. And Cattaneo's project, the creation of a public science that can serve as a public philosophy for modern civilization, has been a neglected project (though less so recently). This book makes a powerful case that this has been a mistake. It corrects our view of our intellectual past, and makes its own important contribution to that public science of 'civilization and self-government,' whose great 19th century masters were Cattaneo, Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. -- Karol Soltan, University of Maryland Filippo Sabetti has produced a beautifully-written and richly-researched study of one of the major, if largely unknown, political thinkers of nineteenth-century Italy. In recovering the thought of Carlo Cattaneo, he not only takes us to the heart of debates about the causes of freedom and self-government but also deepens and revises our understanding of the broader traditions of liberalism and republicanism. Anyone interested in the intellectual history of Europe, and not only Italy, should read this book. -- Jeremy Jennings, Queen Mary, University of London For all its undeniable richness, modern Italian political thought has remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world to date. Gaetano Filangeri, Sismonde de Sismondi, Carlo Cattaneo, and Pellegrino Rossi produced an impressive number of original works that deserve to be retrieved from oblivion, and yet their works are either not translated into English or continue to be underestimated in the new world. Inspired by the approach of the Bloomington school of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, Filippo Sabetti's much-awaited work on Cattaneo is a step in the right direction. It gives us the opportunity to discover a marvelously rich thinker whose ideas on liberty, civilization, self-government, and federalism can bring an important contribution to our scholarly and political debates today. In the pages of Sabetti's fascinating book, Cattaneo comes to life as our contemporary as well as the contemporary of the major thinkers of his time from Tocqueville and Guizot to Mill and Cousin. This is a highly original and broad-ranging book that will be of interest to political scientists, historians, sociologists, and philosophers. -- Aurelian Craiutu, Indiana University, Bloomington, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science This book is a contribution to social theory and the institutional features of how DeViti's vision of cooperative state might be realized in history. Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice The convincing case made here for the richness and depth of Cattaneo's thinking should invite renewed study of Risorgimento thought more broadly. Journal Of Modern Italian Studies Filippo Sabetti's very welcome book seeks to restore Cattaneo to his rightful place in European intellectual history. He has worked painstakingly through Cattaneo's lifework (a formidable task in itself, embracing as it does so many subdisciplines in the modern social sciences) with a view to presenting a balanced account of his overall position. Civilization and Self-Government stands alone in English; and even in relation to a much more extensive literature in Italian, Sabetti's approach is distinctive, focusing on the lasting value of Cattaneo's theoretical work, rather than his role in the developing politics of his day. ... In sum, Civilization and Self-Government is an impressive achievement. As political theorists, we no longer have an excuse to postpone serious study of Cattaneo. Sabetti has provided us with a first-rate guide to a European thinker of great stature. Book Reviewsshow more

Table of contents

1 TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 Abbreviations of Cattaneo's Collected Works 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 1: Introduction Chapter 5 1: Concerns for a New Epoch 6 Cattaneo's Standing in Intellectual Life 7 A New Science of Politics for a New Age 8 The Paradigmatic Significance of Cattaneo 9 The Scope of This Inquiry 10 Notes Chapter 11 2: The Making of a Public Intellectual 12 The Years of Apprenticeship 13 The Influence of Romagnosi 14 Similarities and Differences 15 The Years as a Journeyman 16 Conclusion 17 Notes Part 18 2: Incivilimento Chapter 19 3: Taking Hold of the Past 20 Point of Departure 21 Rethinking "Nosce Te Ipsum" 22 Human Thought 23 Intelligibility across Systems of Thought 24 Man in Nature 25 Man in Society and Himself 26 Accumulation of Knowledge and Human Capacities 27 Empirical Sources 28 Conclusion 29 Notes Chapter 30 4: Civil Orders 31 Self-Recognition 32 Language 33 Shared Understanding 34 "Associated Minds" 35 "Convivenza" 36 Multiple Communities 37 Family 38 Kinship 39 The Commune as a Society of Neighbors 40 The Economy of Communal Life 41 Conclusion 42 Notes Chapter 43 5: Diversity and Progress 44 Civilization 45 Civilization as the Progress of Humanity 46 Dating the Civilizing Process 47 Features of Civilizational Life 48 Impediments to Progress 49 Civilization as the Progress of Europe 50 Conclusion 51 Notes Part 52 3: Self-Government Chapter 53 6: Reorienting the Struggle 54 Sources of Inspiration 55 What Could Be Learned from the Americans? 56 "Conspiracy in Broad Daylight" 57 Building a New Cognitive Map 58 Removing Sources of Disorientation 59 Self- and Joint-Mastery 60 Conclusion 61 Notes Chapter 62 7: Popular Self-Government 63 Liberty and Self-Governance 64 Federalist Principles 65 Uncovering Institutions of Self-Governance 66 Local Foundations 67 Historical Legacy 68 General Conditions 69 Conclusion 70 Notes Chapter 71 8: Public Economy 72 Agriculture and Commerce 73 Reason, Emancipation, and Moral Judgment 74 Why Commerce Matters More Than Agriculture 75 Overcoming "Jealousy of Trade" 76 Fear of Trade Misplaced 77 Competition, Division of Labor, and Capital 78 Division of Labor: Diversity not Inequality 79 Protectionism Rejected 80 Nationality and Commerce 81 Prospects of Free Trade 82 Forging New Capabilities 83 Public Relief 84 Public and Private Entrepreneurship 85 Labor Contracts 86 Workers' Organizations 87 Conclusion 88 Notes Part 89 4: Conclusion Chapter 90 9. Pioneering a Public Science without a Name 91 A Public Science for the Future 92 Civilizational Analysis 93 Addressing Self-Governance Puzzles 94 References 95 Indexshow more