Norberto Bobbio is Dead

Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 12:49 pm
Norberto Bobbio, the most important political philosopher of Italy, and one of the most influential ones, world wide, died last friday. He was 94.

"The philosopher of Freedom" was so popular in his country, even taxi drivers asked him for autographs. A Liberal, he kept a "continuing" dialogue with Marxists and Catholics alike. He was a Senator for life, and is best know for his Dizionario di Politiica a two volume "brick" with detailled definitions and discussions about every political concept.

His personal motto was: "Culture and intellectual equilibrium, critical reflexion, sense of discernment, abhorring any simplification, any manicheism, any parciality".

(Cultura è equilibrio intellettuale, riflessione critica, senso di discernimento, aborrimento di ogni semplificazione, di ogni manicheismo, di ogni parzialità)

He wrote:
The task of men of culture is today, more than ever, to seminate doubts, not to harvest certainties.

Il compito degli uomini di cultura è più che mai oggi quello di seminare dei dubbi, non già di raccogliere certezze.

Distrust a philosopher who knows he knows.

Diffidate di un filosofo che sa di sapere.

Democracy has won the challenge put forth by historical Communism, let's admit that. But with what means and what ideals does it confront the same problems from which the Communist challenge was born?

La democrazia ha vinto la sfida del comunismo storico, ammettiamolo. Ma con quali mezzi e con quali ideali si dispone ad affrontare gli stessi problemi da cui era nata la sfida comunista?

In a democracy everyone is equally free. Equally: the adverb is of the upmost importance. This equality requires, in my opinion, also the acknowledgement of social rights, starting from the essencial ones (schooling, work, health), who make possible, among other thing, a better exercize of the freedom rights

In democrazia tutti sono ugualmente liberi. Ugualmente: l'avverbio è fondamentale. Questa uguaglianza richiede, a mio parere, il riconoscimento anche dei diritti sociali, a partire da quelli essenziali (istruzione, lavoro, salute), che rendono fra l'altro possibile un migliore esercizio dei diritti di libertà.

Has anyone in A2K read Bobbio? If not, may his death be an invitation to do it.
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 12:56 pm
Thank you, no I haven't read Bobbio. Excellent quotes there, now I do want to read him.
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 01:23 pm
These are Bobbio's works that have translated into English.

"In Praise of Meekness: Essays on Ethics and Politics"

"Left and Right: The Significance of a Political Distinction" (his best seller)

"A Political Life"

"The Future of Democracy: A Defence of the Rules of the Game"

"The Age of Rights"

"Democracy and Dictatorship: The Nature and Limits of State Power"

"Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law Tradition"

"Liberalism and Democracy"

"Which Socialism?: Marxism, Socialism and Democracy"

"Old Age and Other Essays"

"Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy"
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 01:53 pm
Thank you, I'm putting this list on my books to get file..
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 02:20 pm
I find it beautifully amazing that cab drivers ask for a philosopher's autograph and that multitudes appear at his funeral.

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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 02:51 pm
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 03:36 pm
Is that Vasari's loggia in Arezzo? looks like it, what a gorgeous scene in more ways than one.
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 08:14 pm
Not Arezzo ossobuco, it's Turin, in Via Po, near the Anfitheater of the University, where Bobbio's remains were homaged. The notes say also traffic had to be stopped at Via Verdi because of the crowd.

Bobbio wanted no speeches, a private burial in his home town and a gravestone with nothing but his name and the name of his parents. The burial was held today. But the whole town (1000 people) went to the cemetery.
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 09:08 pm
Yes, the loggia looked a little long...

beautiful, and wonderful homage.
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2004 09:11 pm
too bad, sounds like a good person to have in the world. I'm glad he left his mark.
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2004 12:24 am
I love the word Indeed-

I also enjoy indubitably, Here here, This is true, and without doubt.


Oh and on subject, I was qute intrigued my Bobbio's quotes.
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Reply Wed 14 Jan, 2004 12:41 am
me too, I liked Bobbio's quotes for themselves.
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