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A Political Life: Norberto Bobbio

A Political Life: Norberto Bobbio

Alberto Papuzzi (Editor), Allan Cameron (Translated by)

ISBN: 978-0-745-62215-6

Nov 2002, Polity

232 pages

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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 Bobbio's early life was marked by the experience of growing up in Mussolini'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 Bobbio's political thought, providing a penetrating analysis of the changing political landscape of Italy. At the same time, it represents an intimate account of Bobbio'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.

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.


This is the autobiography of the most important thinker of post-war Italy
* This book explores, through the lens of Bobbio's life, the political development of Italy in the 20th Century including the rise of Fascism and Mussolini. In all of this Bobbio is a key figure
* Contextualizes Bobbio's own major intellectual contributions which are centred on his theory of democracy and human rights
* Given Bobbio's enormous stature as a contemporary intellectual figure we're hoping to get some high profile endorsements such as Umberto Eco and Eric Hobsbawm