Chapter 1, "Philosophy and Revolution," examines Vincenzo Cuoco's concept of the "passive [read: failed Neapolitan] revolution," Vincenzo Gioberti
's Catholic philosophy, Gentile's "Actualism," the reception of Hegel in Italy, and the concept of "Renaissance shame" first broached in the Introduction as intellectuals of the Risorgimento disparaging the Renaissance as merely a cultural movement obsessed with literary form "to the detriment of the patria" (p.
El libro pretende demostrar como los primeros pasos hacia la unidad italiana fueron dados por algunos pensadores representantes del catolicismo liberal, tales como los sacerdotes Vincenzo Gioberti
y Antonio Rosmini que buscaban una unidad en torno al papa o cuanto menos en torno al catolicismo y a los aspectos culturales y tradicionales de los habitantes de la peninsula italica.
The philosopher-politician Vincenzo Gioberti
opposed republicanism on the grounds that it would repeat the chaos of the medieval communes.
Nevertheless, Pisana's agency is momentary and her role as active subject of history is re-contained in the domestic sphere, within the walls of a prescribed domesticity made of sacrifice and devotion that is amply recorded in the nineteenth-century historical and intellectual discourses on women authored by Cesare Balbo, Silvio Pellico, Niccolo Tommaseo, Vincenzo Gioberti, Domenico Guerrazzi, and many others.
By questioning, as the cornerstone works of Italian women historians did, the dichotomous construction of the social sphere in public/private domains, the novel undermines the sociological and intellectual discourses of the Risorgimento--by Cesare Balbo, Silvio Pellico, Niccolo Tommaseo, Vincenzo Gioberti and Antonio Rosmini, among others--that "normalized" the exclusion and irrelevance of women from civil society.
reaches Brownson's Catholic years, he excels in showing how Brownson's fascination with Vincenzo Gioberti
and the ontologists fits with his larger concern for apologetics and communion.
Particular attention is given to the post-1945 period, but Part I of the book presents an in-depth analysis of the thinking of the intellectuals of the Risorgimento (e.g., Carlo Cattaneo, Camillo Cavour, Francesco Ferrara, Vincenzo Gioberti
, and many others) on the type of Italian state (centralist according to the French model or federalist following the American experience) that should have been created after the country was unified.
Moreover, Rosmini became identified--unjustifiably--with the controversial philosophy of another Italian statesman and thinker, Vincenzo Gioberti
Pertanto, nel destino narrativo di Pisana il lettore non puo che rilevare gli echi della coeva interpretazione del mondo femminile da parte di autori quali Cesare Balbo, Silvio Pellico, Niccolo Tommaseo, Vincenzo Gioberti
, Domenico Guerrazzi e altri ancora.