The Idea of the Republic

The Idea of the Republic

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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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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 6mm | 145g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745630979
  • 9780745630977
  • 1,635,543

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In this lively and engaging book, Norberto Bobbio, thedistinguished contemporary Italian philosopher, and the politicaltheorist Maurizio Viroli, explore a range of themes relating to theidea of the Republic and some of the major political and ethicalissues of the day. Through a series of engaging philosophicalreflections on republicanism, patriotism, civil virtue, rights, duties, religious experience and more, they succeed in bringing tolight the relevance of these concepts to our lives in the 21stcentury.

This book is an exciting example of political philosophy inaction, with a breadth of reference (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Rousseau, Pettit and Skinner), and a lightness of touch whichis uncommon to works in this field.

The Idea of the Republic provides an excellent way for anewcomer to the work of Bobbio to appreciate the scope and tenor ofhis work. For the reader already versed in Bobbio's ideas, itwill provide, above all, the spark of serious intellectualdebate.
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Table of contents

Introduction to the English Edition. 1 Virtue and the Republic. 2 Patriotism. 3 What Kind of Freedom? 4 Meekness and Intransigence. 5 Rights and Duties. 6 Fear of God and Love of God. 7 The Republic and its Problems. 8 Hidden Powers. 9 Can the Republic be Renewed? Notes.
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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
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About Norberto Bobbio

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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