A Theoretical and Historical Perspective

edited by Fabrizio Ricciardelli and Marcello Fantoni
Collana: Kent State University European Studies, 6
Pubblicazione: Marzo 2020
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We live in a world in which almost all states purport to be republican. Very few adhere to the Ciceronian concept of res publica, understood as “that which belongs to the popolo (respublica respopuli) […] and which has the observance of the law and the commonality of interests as its foundation”. The concept of republicanism is traditionally connected to the principle that true political freedom consists of not being subject to the arbitrary will of any man or group of men, and it requires equality of civil and political rights. Republicanism has attracted scholars who aim to develop insights from the classical republican tradition into an attractive political doctrine suitable for modern pluralistic societies. The volume examines republicanism from an historical and theoretical perspective after many years of scholarly investigation and debate.

  • Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Introduction
  • I. Republicanism and Political Value
    • Luca Baccelli, Republicanism: Political Language and/or Political Paradigm?
    • Debora Spini, The Price of Liberty: On Democracy, Republicanism, and Non-Domination
    • Guido Cappelli, The De republica by Lauro Quirini between Aristotle and the Roman Tradition
    • Raphael Ebgi, Platonism and Republicanism in 15th-Century Florence: The Case of Marsilio Ficino
  • II. The Republican Dilemma
    • Fabrizio Ricciardelli, The Italian City-States and the Roots of Democracy
    • Mario Ascheri, Siena: A Long-Standing Republic Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. War and Radical Republicanism in Early Modern Italy
    • Marcello Fantoni, Courts and Republics in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • III. Republican Principles
    • Giuseppe Francesco Mazzotta, Liberty and Grace in Dante and St. Augustine
    • Stefano U. Baldassarri, Coluccio Salutati and “Florentina Libertas” at the Humanist Crossroads
    • David Marsh, Leonardo Bruni’s Republicanism Reconsidered
    • Gabriele Pedullà, Scipio vs Caesar: The Poggio-Guarino Debate without Republicanism
    • Marcello Fantoni, Conclusions
  • Index

Cover illustration: Gentile Bellini, Procession in Piazza San Marco (1496). Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

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