Croce, Gramsci, Bobbio and the Italian political tradition
Title: Croce, Gramsci, Bobbio and the Italian political tradition
Author: BELLAMY, Richard (Richard Paul)
Publisher: ECPR Press
Citation: Colchester : ECPR Press, 2014, ECPR Press essays
This book collects 15 essays exploring the Italian political tradition from Beccaria to Bobbio. Particular attention is paid to the ways these theorists linked social with political theory on the one hand, and politics with ethics on the other, and to the infl uence of these links on their differing conceptions of the state and democracy. All shared a neo-Machiavellean concern with the divide separating their political ideals and the realities of everyday politics, and devised diverse strategies for bridging the gap between them. As a result, they developed distinctively Italian understandings of liberalism, Marxism and socialism, shaped by a realist approach to politics. Among the thinkers discussed are Cesare Beccaria, Antonio Genovesi, Benedetto Croce, Guido de Ruggiero, Antonio Gramsci, Vilfredo Pareto, Gaetano Mosca and Norberto Bobbio.
Table of Contents:
-- Acknowledgements and Preface -- Introduction -- Studying the Italian Political Tradition - Chapter One Italian Social and Political Thought: 1890--1945 -- Part One Enlightenment and Reform - Chapter Two `Da metafisico a mercatante' Antonio Genovesi and the Development of a New Language of Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Naples - Chapter Three Between Utility and Rights: Cesare Beccaria's On Crimes and Punishments -- Part Two Hegel, Croce and Idealist Liberalism - Chapter Four Hegel's Conception of the State and Political Philosophy in a Post-Hegelian World - Chapter Five What is Living and What is Dead in Croce's Interpretation of Hegel? - Chapter Six A Modern Interpreter: Benedetto Croce and the Politics of Italian Culture - Chapter Seven Idealism and Liberalism in an Italian `New Liberal' Theorist: Guido De Ruggiero's History of European Liberalism and the Crisis of Idealist Liberalism -- Part Three Croce contra Gramsci - Chapter Eight Gramsci, Croce and the Italian Political Tradition - Chapter Nine The Italian Origins of Gramsci's Thought: The Pre-Prison Writings - Chapter Ten A Crocean Critique of Gramsci on Historicism, Hegemony and Intellectuals - Chapter Eleven Gramsci and Walzer on the Intellectual as Social Critic -- Part Four Positivism, Bobbio and Social Democracy - Chapter Twelve The Advent of the Masses and the Making of the Modern Theory of Democracy - Chapter Thirteen Which Socialism? Bobbio on Marxism, Socialism and Democracy - Chapter Fourteen The Future of Democracy: Bobbio and the Broken Promises of Democratic Theory - Chapter Fifteen The Antinomies of Norberto Bobbio: The Rule of Law and the Rule of Democracy --Index