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A Political Life is the compelling autobiography of Norberto Bobbio, one of the foremost political thinkers in postwar Italy. In dramatic and lively prose, Bobbio guides us through some of the most significant events of the twentieth century, charting their influence on his life and work. Born in 1909, Norberto Bobbioa s early life was marked by the experience of growing up in Mussolinia s Italy -- an experience that helped to shape his passionate commitment to the anti--fascist cause. As a result of these early experiences, Bobbio has tirelessly emphasized the fundamental, unassailable importance of democratic rights in the modern state. He has been a voice of reason and moderation in a political context where democratic values have often been threatened by extremes. This masterly autobiography traces the development of Bobbioa s political thought, providing a penetrating analysis of the changing political landscape of Italy. At the same time, it represents an intimate account of Bobbioa s personal experiences, giving a rare insight into the life and work of this distinguished thinker.A
Political Life will be of great interest to students and scholars of social and political theory and of Italian politics, as well as to a general readership interested in political biography and contemporary politics.
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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 580.61g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745622151
  • 9780745622156

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A Political Life is the compelling autobiography of NorbertoBobbio, one of the foremost political thinkers in postwar Italy. Indramatic and lively prose, Bobbio guides us through some of themost significant events of the twentieth century, charting theirinfluence on his life and work.


Born in 1909, Norberto Bobbio's early life was marked by theexperience of growing up in Mussolini's Italy - an experiencethat helped to shape his passionate commitment to the anti-fascistcause. As a result of these early experiences, Bobbio hastirelessly emphasized the fundamental, unassailable importance ofdemocratic rights in the modern state. He has been a voice ofreason and moderation in a political context where democraticvalues have often been threatened by extremes.


This masterly autobiography traces the development of Bobbio'spolitical thought, providing a penetrating analysis of the changingpolitical landscape of Italy. At the same time, it represents anintimate account of Bobbio's personal experiences, giving a rareinsight into the life and work of this distinguished thinker.APolitical Life will be of great interest to students andscholars of social and political theory and of Italian politics, aswell as to a general readership interested in political biographyand contemporary politics.
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Table of contents

I Before the Conflagration. II The Resistance. III Finding Out About Democracy. IV Dealings with the Communists. V My Teaching Experience. VI Political Battles. VII Peace and War. VIII Taking My Leave. Chronology of Events. Index
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About Norberto Bobbio

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