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The legacy of Benedetto Croce : contemporary critical views /
edited by Jack D'Amico, Dain A. Trafton and Massimo Verdicchio.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1999.
description
xiv, 244 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802044840 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1999.
isbn
0802044840 :
catalogue key
3207356
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-244).
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
Outside of Italy, it is pretty hard to find many people who are still interested in the work of Benedetto Croce (1866-1952), once described as "Italy's greatest philosopher." This collection, edited by D'Amico (Canisius College), Trafton (emeritus, Rockford College), and Verdicchio (Univ. of Alberta) attempts to provide both a critical survey of Croce's major works and ideas, and fresh interpretations from a variety of contemporary viewpoints in philosophy, history, literature, and art history. As hard as the contributors try, ultimately they fail. Philosophers will remember the short appearances Croce makes in many texts about aesthetics and the philosophy of history, and indeed, it is the chapters on these issues that many will regard as the highlights of this book. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine many readers getting excited by chapters about Croce's early studies about Naples. Alas, Croce's day has passed, or so it seems. This book will probably be most useful in large university libraries that support graduate programs in which Croce's work might be covered. Selected bibliography, but no index. Upper-division undergraduate students and above. R. H. Nash; Reformed Theological Seminary
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Benedetto Croce was the foremost Italian philosopher of the first half of the twentieth century and his influence extended to every aspect of intellectual life in Italy. He played a significant, sometimes crucial, role in Italian politics, and his writing commanded attention throughout Europe, America, and beyond. In the last few years his contribution to various disciplines has been undergoing a re-evaluation in Italy. This collection continues that reassessment with an English-speaking audience in mind. The book is a collection of essays by scholars from various disciplines - philosophy, history, literature, and art history - covering the broad scope of Croce's life and work, from his early writings on local Neopolitan history in the 1890s to his activity as a public figure before and after the Second World War. In this much-needed addition to contemporary criticism one senses the depth and originality of his thought in the areas of history, national politics, rhetoric, and art. Including the first English-language discussion of Taccuini di lavoro, Croce's working diary, this is the first volume in English that provides a critical survey of Croce's major works and ideas, as well as fresh interpretations from a variety of contemporary points of view.
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Benedetto Croce, philosopher, historian, and humanist, was the foremost Italian philosopher of the first half of the twentieth century. During his lifetime Croce's influence extended to every aspect of intellectual life in Italy; he played a significant, sometimes crucial, role in Italian politics; and his writing commanded attention throughout Europe, America, and beyond. In the last several years his contribution to various disciplines has been undergoing a re-evaluation in Italy. This collection continues that reassessment with an English-language audience in mind.The book is a collection of essays by scholars from various disciplines -- philosophy, history, literature, and art history -- covering the broad range of Croce's life and work, from his early writings on local Neopolitan history in the 1890's to his activity as a public figure before and after World War II. In this sorely needed addition to contemporary criticism one senses the extent to which Croce's thinking spans the full expanse of our century and the contemporaneity of his discoveries about knowledge, national politics, rhetoric, and art. Including the first English-language discussion of Taccuini di lavoro, Croce's working diary, this is the first volume in English that provides both a critical survey of Croce's major works and ideas, and fresh interpretations from a variety of contemporary points of views.
Description for Reader
Benedetto Croce was the foremost Italian philosopher of the first half of the twentieth century and his influence extended to every aspect of intellectual life in Italy. He played a significant, sometimes crucial, role in Italian politics, and his writing commanded attention throughout Europe, America, and beyond. In the last few years his contribution to various disciplines has been undergoing a re-evaluation in Italy. This collection continues that reassessment with an English-speaking audience in mind.The book is a collection of essays by scholars from various disciplines - philosophy, history, literature, and art history - covering the broad scope of Croce's life and work, from his early writings on local Neopolitan history in the 1890s to his activity as a public figure before and after the Second World War. In this much-needed addition to contemporary criticism one senses the depth and originality of his thought in the areas of history, national politics, rhetoric, and art. Including the first English-language discussion of Taccuini di lavoro, Croce's working diary, this is the first volume in English that provides a critical survey of Croce's major works and ideas, as well as fresh interpretations from a variety of contemporary points of view.

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