The Idea of the Republic
The Idea of the Republic
Translated by Allan Cameron
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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  • November 2003
  • 120 pages
  • 145 x 224 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • 9780745630960
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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?


About the Author
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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"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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