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The Idea of the Republic (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio, Maurizio Viroli The Idea of the Republic (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio, Maurizio Viroli; Translated by Allan Cameron
R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law Tradition (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Norberto Bobbio Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law Tradition (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Daniela Gobetti
R823 Discovery Miles 8 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Pre-eminent among European political philosophers, Norberto Bobbio has throughout his career turned to the political theory of Thomas Hobbes. Gathered here for the first time are the most important of his essays which together provide both a valuable introduction to Hobbes's thought and a fresh understanding of Hobbes's place in the theory of modern politics.
Tracing Hobbes's work through "De Cive" and "Leviathan," Bobbio identifies the philosopher's relation to the tradition of natural law. That Hobbes must now be understood in both this tradition as well as in the seemingly contradictory positivist tradition becomes clear for the first time in Bobbio's account. Bobbio also demonstrates that Hobbes cannot be easily labelled "liberal" or "totalitarian"; in Bobbio's provocative analysis of Hobbes's justification of the state, Hobbes emerges as a true conservative.
Though his primary concern is to reconstruct the inner logic of Hobbes's thought, Bobbio is also attentive to the philosopher's biography and weaves into his analysis details of Hobbes's life and world--his exile in France, his relation with the Mersenne circle, his disputes with Anglican bishops, and accusations of heresy leveled against him. The result is a revealing, thoroughly new portrait of the first theorist of the modern state.

Left and Right - The Significance of a Political Distinction (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Left and Right - The Significance of a Political Distinction (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Following the collapse of communism and the decline of Marxism, some commentators have claimed that we have reached the 'end of history' and that the distinction between Left and Right can be forgotten.
In this book - which was a tremendous success in Italy - Norberto Bobbio challenges these views, arguing that the fundamental political distinction between Left and Right, which has shaped the two centuries since the French Revolution, has continuing relevance today.
Bobbio explores the grounds of this elusive distinction and argues that Left and Right are ultimately divided by different attitudes to equality. He carefully defines the nature of equality and inequality in relative rather than absolute terms.
Left and Right is a timely and persuasively argued account of the basic parameters of political action and debate in the modern world - parameters which have remained constant despite the pace of social change. The book will be widely read and, as in Italy, it will have an impact far beyond the academic domain.

Italian Critics of Capitalism (Hardcover): Lorella Cedroni Italian Critics of Capitalism (Hardcover)
Lorella Cedroni; Contributions by Norberto Bobbio, Luigi Einaudi, Amintore Fanfani, Franco Ferrarotti, …
R1,806 Discovery Miles 18 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Over the last hundred years the history of capitalism hardly supports the idea of a dynamic equilibrium between democracy and capitalism. The unprecedented triumph of global capitalism and its stronger power of transformation are changing the nature of political community and its institutions, transforming the conditions of democratic politics and governance. The writings collected in this volume present leading statements of theories of democracy and capitalism in Italy starting from Vilfredo Pareto who firstly focused on the transformation of democracy into a plutocracy in which vested interests use the government as a tool for their own profit, until Norberto Bobbio who expressed a strong defence of democracy and a deep critique of capitalism. As Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter-from different perspectives-have pointed out capitalism rather then just an economic mode of organization, is a "mentality," a "social logic," a "form of living," that influences and reshapes political structures, and culture. The globalized economic order is challenging the foundations and political principles upon which liberal democracy is based. Global markets have unleashed economic forces that are becoming too powerful for democratic institutions to control. Even if the formal elements of democracy still survive, the "government by the people, for the people" is declining; elections, debates, parties, are evacuated, and bypassed by new, less accountable processes.

In Praise of Meekness - Essays on Ethnics and Politics (Hardcover): Norberto Bobbio, Teresa Chataway In Praise of Meekness - Essays on Ethnics and Politics (Hardcover)
Norberto Bobbio, Teresa Chataway
R1,342 Discovery Miles 13 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this important volume, the leading political theorist and philosopher Norberto Bobbio confronts some of the most enduring moral questions of our time. Written over the last two decades of the twentieth century, the essays in this volume develop some of the central themes in Bobbio's moral and political philosophy. They also reflect his longstanding civil commitment to liberty, democracy, peace and equality.

The opening essay, 'In praise of meekness', analyses the virtue of meekness in its individual and social aspects. It identifies the meek person with the nonviolent, and meekness with the refusal to exercise violence against anyone. Meekness, therefore, is a non-political virtue - it is the antithesis of politics. The volume also addresses the persistent classical problem of 'reason of state', as well as the more contemporary questions of tolerance and truth, racism, prejudice and ethics. The problem of evil in the modern world is also discussed. All the essays display the sensitivity and depth of understanding that characterize Bobbio's writings on current debates and historical controversies.

The book will be invaluable reading for all students and scholars of politics, as well as those who are interested in the debates surrounding morals, ethics and law.

In Praise of Meekness - Essays on Ethnics and Politics (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio, Teresa Chataway In Praise of Meekness - Essays on Ethnics and Politics (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio, Teresa Chataway
R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this important volume, the leading political theorist and philosopher Norberto Bobbio confronts some of the most enduring moral questions of our time. Written over the last two decades of the twentieth century, the essays in this volume develop some of the central themes in Bobbio's moral and political philosophy. They also reflect his longstanding civil commitment to liberty, democracy, peace and equality.

The opening essay, 'In praise of meekness', analyses the virtue of meekness in its individual and social aspects. It identifies the meek person with the nonviolent, and meekness with the refusal to exercise violence against anyone. Meekness, therefore, is a non-political virtue - it is the antithesis of politics. The volume also addresses the persistent classical problem of 'reason of state', as well as the more contemporary questions of tolerance and truth, racism, prejudice and ethics. The problem of evil in the modern world is also discussed. All the essays display the sensitivity and depth of understanding that characterize Bobbio's writings on current debates and historical controversies.

The book will be invaluable reading for all students and scholars of politics, as well as those who are interested in the debates surrounding morals, ethics and law.

Liberalism and Democracy (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Liberalism and Democracy (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Liberalism and democracy have long been assumed to exist in a complementary relationship, if not always an entirely easy one. This book scrupulously investigates the reason for this alliance and the sources of its tensions, providing a lucid and succinct introduction to some of the subject's central concepts and concerns.

Which Socialism? - Marxism, Socialism and Democracy (Paperback, Revised): Norberto Bobbio Which Socialism? - Marxism, Socialism and Democracy (Paperback, Revised)
Norberto Bobbio
R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Can democracy provide a path to socialism? Can civil rights and democratic institutions be protected and developed in a socialist society? Does our view of the nature and value of democracy affect our understanding of socialism itself? In a world with regimes which profess to be socialist, which socialism is worth defending today?
In this powerful and provocative volume, Norberto Bobbio re-examines the uneasy relation between socialism and democracy. He argues that Marxist theory has failed to provide an adequate account of the nature and role of the state in socialist society and defends the concept of representative democracy. Bobbio's arguments sparked off a lively debate in Italy; this volume includes a reply by Antonio Negri. The volume also includes an essay by Bobbio on Marxism and international relations, and his classic text on Gramsci's conception of civil society.

The Age of Rights (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio The Age of Rights (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio
R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this important book Norberto Bobbio - one of the leading political thinkers of our time - provides a valuable clarification and defence of human rights. He argues that the development of human rights is an historical sign of progress in a world marked by the proliferation of cruel wars, the arms trade, pollution, famine and almost universal pessimism.

Drawing widely on the work of Kant, Locke, Beccaria, and Paine, Bobbio argues that the French Revolution is a crucial event in moulding our ideas and attitudes today. He suggests that the proclamation of rights does not necessarily mean that those rights are actually enforced.

He carefully traces the development of human rights through various 'generations' - libertarian, social, ecological - and argues that the recognition and effective protection of human rights are the foundations of modern democratic institutions. Human rights, democracy and peace are the three essential components of the same historical movement.

Future of Democracy (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Future of Democracy (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Roger Griffin; Edited by Richard Dellamy
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Norberto Bobbio is the foremost political theorist in Italy today. Written with verve and passion as well as erudition, this important work will make a major contribution to current debates in social and political theory. It will be of great interest to students of sociology, politics and philosophy, as well as to anyone concerned with the nature and future of democracy.

Democracy and Dictatorship - The Nature and Limits of State Power (Paperback, New Ed): Norberto Bobbio Democracy and Dictatorship - The Nature and Limits of State Power (Paperback, New Ed)
Norberto Bobbio
R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this important volume Norberto Bobbio examines some of the central themes of political theory and presents a systematic exposition of his views. With great astuteness and profound scholarship, Bobbio unfolds the elements for a general theory of politics.

Bobbio's wide-ranging argument is focused on four themes: the distinction between the public and the private; the concept of civil society; differing conceptions of the state and differing ways of understanding the legitimacy of state power; and the relation between democracy and dictatorship. Bobbio's discussion draws on a wealth of theoretical and historical material, from Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke to Marx, Weber, Habermas and Foucault. By analysing the development of different languages of politics in relation to changing social and historical contexts, Bobbio deepens our understanding of the concepts we use to describe and evaluate modern political systems.

Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Hardcover): Norberto Bobbio Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Hardcover)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
R2,047 R1,551 Discovery Miles 15 510 Save R496 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anyone interested in the entire sweep of political thought over the last hundred years will find in Norberto Bobbio's Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy a masterful, thought-provoking guide. Home to the largest communist party in a democratic society, Italy has been a unique place politically, one where Christian democrats, liberals, fascists, socialists, communists, and others have co-existed in sizable numbers. In this book, Bobbio, who himself played an outstanding role in the development of Italian civic culture, follows each of the major ideologies, explaining how they developed, describing the key actors, and considering the legacies they left to political culture. He wrote Ideological Profile in 1968 to explain from a personal perspective the history behind that decade's tumultuous politics. Bobbio's defense of democracy and critique of capitalism are among the themes that will particularly interest American readers of this updated edition, the first to appear in English. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with positivism and Marxism, Bobbio next presents the ideological currents that developed before the outbreak of the First World War: Catholic, socialist, irrational and anti-democratic thought, the reaction against positivism, and the thinking of Benedetto Croce. After discussing the impact of the war, the author turns to the revolutionary-reactionary polarization of the postwar period and the ideology of fascism. The final chapters consider Croce's opposition to fascism and the ideals of the resistance and conclude with the post-Second World War "Years of Involvement." Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Idea of the Republic (Hardcover): Norberto Bobbio, Maurizio Viroli The Idea of the Republic (Hardcover)
Norberto Bobbio, Maurizio Viroli; Translated by Allan Cameron
R1,216 Discovery Miles 12 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Old Age and Other Essays (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Old Age and Other Essays (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Allan Cameron
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book by one of Italy's oldest and wisest intellectuals is a philosophical and personal meditation on ageing. The question of old age has preoccupied writers from Cicero to Amery, but in this volume Norberto Bobbio produces an account that is specific to our times. Born in 1909, Bobbio has lived through the major events of the past century, and his experiences of Fascism, Communism and the Cold War lend his reflections a melancholy that distinguishes them from earlier eulogies on old age and death. Bobbio's conclusions are often sobering, yet his investigation into memory and mortality is written with both humour and emotion.

In the opening chapter, Bobbio reassesses the notion of progress from the perspective of an old man. Arguing for an understanding of historical change as the transfer between generations, Bobbio explains how the elderly are increasingly marginalized in contemporary society. Referring to the traditional idea of old age as the 'age of wisdom', Bobbio argues that our ever-accelerating technological progress has dramatically shifted the power of knowledge from old to young. This discussion of old age as a social problem is accompanied by a reflection on old age as a personal predicament. In his elegant and lucid prose, Bobbio confronts the facts of decrepitude and death. In taking stock of his life, he argues once again for the importance of democracy and human rights.

This is a beautifully written book that will be of great interest to the academic and general reader alike. Its intellectual content renders it of particular value to students in the fields of philosophy, politics and the social sciences.

Italian Critics of Capitalism (Paperback): Lorella Cedroni Italian Critics of Capitalism (Paperback)
Lorella Cedroni; Contributions by Norberto Bobbio, Luigi Einaudi, Amintore Fanfani, Franco Ferrarotti, …
R908 Discovery Miles 9 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Over the last hundred years the history of capitalism hardly supports the idea of a dynamic equilibrium between democracy and capitalism. The unprecedented triumph of global capitalism and its stronger power of transformation are changing the nature of political community and its institutions, transforming the conditions of democratic politics and governance. The writings collected in this volume present leading statements of theories of democracy and capitalism in Italy starting from Vilfredo Pareto who firstly focused on the transformation of democracy into a plutocracy in which vested interests use the government as a tool for their own profit, until Norberto Bobbio who expressed a strong defence of democracy and a deep critique of capitalism. As Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter-from different perspectives-have pointed out capitalism rather then just an economic mode of organization, is a 'mentality', a 'social logic', a 'form of living', that influences and reshapes political structures, and culture. The globalized economic order is challenging the foundations and political principles upon which liberal democracy is based. Global markets have unleashed economic forces that are becoming too powerful for democratic institutions to control. Even if the formal elements of democracy still survive, the 'government by the people, for the people' is declining; elections, debates, parties, are evacuated, and bypassed by new, less accountable processes.

Old Age and Other Essays (Hardcover): Norberto Bobbio Old Age and Other Essays (Hardcover)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Allan Cameron
R1,266 Discovery Miles 12 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book by one of Italy's oldest and wisest intellectuals is a philosophical and personal meditation on ageing. The question of old age has preoccupied writers from Cicero to Amery, but in this volume Norberto Bobbio produces an account that is specific to our times. Born in 1909, Bobbio has lived through the major events of the past century, and his experiences of Fascism, Communism and the Cold War lend his reflections a melancholy that distinguishes them from earlier eulogies on old age and death. Bobbio's conclusions are often sobering, yet his investigation into memory and mortality is written with both humour and emotion.

In the opening chapter, Bobbio reassesses the notion of progress from the perspective of an old man. Arguing for an understanding of historical change as the transfer between generations, Bobbio explains how the elderly are increasingly marginalized in contemporary society. Referring to the traditional idea of old age as the 'age of wisdom', Bobbio argues that our ever-accelerating technological progress has dramatically shifted the power of knowledge from old to young. This discussion of old age as a social problem is accompanied by a reflection on old age as a personal predicament. In his elegant and lucid prose, Bobbio confronts the facts of decrepitude and death. In taking stock of his life, he argues once again for the importance of democracy and human rights.

This is a beautifully written book that will be of great interest to the academic and general reader alike. Its intellectual content renders it of particular value to students in the fields of philosophy, politics and the social sciences.

Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio; Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
R860 R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Save R224 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anyone interested in the entire sweep of political thought over the last hundred years will find in Norberto Bobbio's "Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy" a masterful, thought-provoking guide. Home to the largest communist party in a democratic society, Italy has been a unique place politically, one where Christian democrats, liberals, fascists, socialists, communists, and others have co-existed in sizable numbers. In this book, Bobbio, who himself played an outstanding role in the development of Italian civic culture, follows each of the major ideologies, explaining how they developed, describing the key actors, and considering the legacies they left to political culture. He wrote "Ideological Profile" in 1968 to explain from a personal perspective the history behind that decade's tumultuous politics. Bobbio's defense of democracy and critique of capitalism are among the themes that will particularly interest American readers of this updated edition, the first to appear in English.

Beginning in the late nineteenth century with positivism and Marxism, Bobbio next presents the ideological currents that developed before the outbreak of the First World War: Catholic, socialist, irrational and anti-democratic thought, the reaction against positivism, and the thinking of Benedetto Croce. After discussing the impact of the war, the author turns to the revolutionary-reactionary polarization of the postwar period and the ideology of fascism. The final chapters consider Croce's opposition to fascism and the ideals of the resistance and conclude with the post-Second World War "Years of Involvement."

Originally published in 1995.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Paperback, New edition): Norberto Bobbio Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Paperback, New edition)
Norberto Bobbio
R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Out of stock
Mexico - Hacia La Reconstruccion de Una Economia (English, Spanish, Abridged, Paperback, Abridged edition): Norberto Bobbio,... Mexico - Hacia La Reconstruccion de Una Economia (English, Spanish, Abridged, Paperback, Abridged edition)
Norberto Bobbio, Nora Lustig
R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Out of stock

De amena y facil lectura, este estudio traza el panorama completo de un periodo decisivo para la economia mexicana: la decada de 1980. Los aspectos teoricos y sus aplicaciones practicas en relacion con un vasto abanico de problemas como la deuda, la inflacion y los planes heterodoxos son examinados con inteligencia y profundidad.

Sage Et La Politique (Le) (Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Sage Et La Politique (Le) (Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio
R781 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R64 (8%) Out of stock
Textes Cles de Philosophie Du Droit - Norme, Validite Et Interpretation (French, Paperback): John Austin, William Blackstone,... Textes Cles de Philosophie Du Droit - Norme, Validite Et Interpretation (French, Paperback)
John Austin, William Blackstone, Norberto Bobbio, Ronald Dworkin, Lon L. Fuller, …
R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Out of stock
Democracia y Secreto - Bobbio, Norberto (English, Spanish, Paperback): Norberto Bobbio Democracia y Secreto - Bobbio, Norberto (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Norberto Bobbio
R192 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R26 (14%) Out of stock
de Libertades Fantasmas O de La Literatura Como Juego (English, Spanish, Paperback): Jos' De La Colina, Norberto Bobbio,... de Libertades Fantasmas O de La Literatura Como Juego (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Jos' De La Colina, Norberto Bobbio, Jos e De la Colina, Josae De La Colina
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Out of stock
Democracia y Secreto - Bobbio, Norberto (English, Spanish, Paperback): Eugenia Meyer, Norberto Bobbio Democracia y Secreto - Bobbio, Norberto (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Eugenia Meyer, Norberto Bobbio
R173 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R17 (10%) Out of stock
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