Originally published in 1946, this book reveals Croce’s dynamic conception of liberty, liberalism and the relation of individual morality to the State. The State which he discusses is more than a national government; it is a historical conception which takes in all ‘states’ - local and international. The volume provides an inspired analysis of the relation of politics and morals, individual liberty, free enterprise and pragmatic social judgement.
1. Elements of Politics 2. Concerning the History of the Philosophy of Politics 3. Economic-Political History and Ethico-Political History 4. Liberalism as a Concept of Life 5. Contrasting Political Ideals after 1870 6. Free Enterprise and Liberalism 7. The Bourgeoisie: An Ill-Defined Historical Concept 8. The Unending Struggle Between State and Church 9. International Justice 10. Historical Pessimism