Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom”

CroceOvi presents Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s new book titled: “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom.”

Benedetto Croce was an Italian idealist philosopher, and occasionally also politician. He wrote on numerous topics, including philosophy, history, methodology of history writing and aesthetics. He was a prominent liberal, although he opposed laissez-faire free trade, and had considerable influence on other prominent Italian intellectuals including both Marxist Antonio Gramsci and fascist Giovanni Gentile. That according to Wikipedia.

But Benedetto Croce was much much more and this is the much more that is what Professor Ernesto Paolozzi, Professor of History and Philosophy at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples and member of the Italian Commitee for historical studies, introducing us in his book.

Note that the superb translation from Italian is from Dr. Massimo Verdicchio; Professor of Italian at the University of Alberta, Canada and the introduction to the book is written by Professor Emanuel L. Paparella, director of the summer study abroad program for University of Central Florida and Broward College.

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One response to “Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom”

  1. His salvation lay in work. Disillusioned with the university, he set out upon an austere course of study, to become one of the great self-taught students of history . His writings of this period are universally alert, intelligent, and engaging; although limited in scope, they show a fine sobriety of style, as well as wit, irony, and a fiery polemical spirit, although lyricism, which he eulogized, eluded him. Ostensibly, he had little taste for politics; actually, several basic attitudes were forming. Disillusioned with the nationalistic liberal leaders of the period following the Risorgimento (the 19th-century movement for Italian unity), he began to develop his own convictions on how an ethical, democratic, liberal government should be structured. He “coquetted”—according to his autobiography—with socialism and Marxism, eventually discarding these views after a thorough examination and severe criticism of both positions. Nevertheless, he was subject to a constant and profound malaise. Subliminally, he desired but saw no public relevance for his activity; the limited world of erudition palled on him.

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