By Norberto Bobbio

This ebook through considered one of Italy's oldest and wisest intellectuals is a philosophical and private meditation on getting older. The query of previous age has preoccupied writers from Cicero to Amery, yet during this quantity Norberto Bobbio produces an account that's particular to our occasions. Born in 1909, Bobbio has lived during the significant occasions of the prior century, and his reports of Fascism, Communism and the chilly battle lend his reflections a depression that distinguishes them from past eulogies on previous age and demise. Bobbio's conclusions are usually sobering, but his research into reminiscence and mortality is written with either humour and emotion. within the commencing bankruptcy, Bobbio reassesses the inspiration of development from the point of view of an previous guy. Arguing for an realizing of historic switch because the move among generations, Bobbio explains how the aged are more and more marginalized in modern society. concerning the conventional concept of previous age because the 'age of wisdom', Bobbio argues that our ever-accelerating technological growth has dramatically shifted the ability of information from previous to younger. This dialogue of previous age as a social challenge is followed by way of a mirrored image on previous age as a private obstacle. In his dependent and lucid prose, Bobbio confronts the evidence of decrepitude and loss of life. In taking inventory of his lifestyles, he argues once more for the significance of democracy and human rights. it is a fantastically written publication that may be of significant curiosity to the tutorial and common reader alike. Its highbrow content material renders it of specific price to scholars within the fields of philosophy, politics and the social sciences.

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They have invented wonderful instruments to assist the memory and speed up the process of writing, but I can't use them, or if I do, I use them so badly that I get no benefit. My 28 Old Age and Other Essays father rode his bike after the car had been invented. I have gone back to using a fountain pen (in a manner so illegible as to exasperate my readers) . On a little table next to where I write, proudly sits a computer. I am in awe of it. I haven't yet become sufficiently familiar with it to use it with the same confidence that I once used a typewriter.

I had never separated my theoretical studies from my historical ones, which commenced immediately after the war with the publication of the complete text of Hobbes' s De cive for the very first time in Italy, and Hobbes was to be one of my favourite authors . 5 This was followed by a paper I gave at Saarbrucken in 1 95 7 on phenomenology36 for the Internationale Vereinigung fur Rechtsphilosophie, to which I was invited by Professor Werner Maihofer. In this period I was conscientious in my involvement both in the conferences held by the Institut international de philosophie politique (my one and only meeting with Kelsen was at the first of these, held in Paris in 1 95 7 on natural law) 3 7 and the symposia held at the Centre national de recherche de logique, which were organized by Perelman in Brussels .

49 which was my second excursion outside the closed wall of academia, following Politica e cultura50 which I published twenty years earlier. But this time I was not allowed to return to inactivity. In September 1 976, I started working for La Stampa as the result of a debate on pluralism held at the National Festival organized by the communist newspaper L ' Unita in Naples, and once again my principal p artners in dialogue were the commun­ ists . 5 1 I have t o thank chance for all this, and I have always been certain of its importance in human events .

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