Norberto Bobbio (1909-2004)
Norberto Bobbio, one of the foremost political thinkers in postwar Italy. In
dramatic and lively prose, Bobbio guides us through some of the most significant
events of the twentieth century, charting their influence on his life and work.
Born in 1909 in Turin, Norberto Bobbio's early life was marked by the experience
of growing up in Mussolini's Italy – an experience that helped to shape his
passionate commitment to the anti-fascist cause. As a result of these early
experiences, Bobbio has tirelessly emphasized the fundamental, unassailable
importance of democratic rights in the modern state. He has been a voice of
reason and moderation in a political context where democratic values have often
been threatened by extremes.
He was a lawyer, a philosopher, a politician, a law professor, senator,
supporter of human rights and social reforms.
He died on the 9th of January 2004.