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As If God ExistedReligion and Liberty in the History of Italy$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.001.0001

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The Religion of Duty

The Religion of Duty

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(p.235) 22 The Religion of Duty
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As If God Existed
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Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.003.0023

This chapter focuses on Carlo and Nello Rosselli, witnesses of a religion of duty that was different from Croce's philosophical premises and political conclusions, yet identical to it in the central role played by the principle of moral liberty. They had been led to the religion of duty by their “uncle” Gaetano Salvemini. Although Salvemini was a fierce enemy of clericalism, superstition, bigotry, and the authoritarianism and conservatism of the Vatican, he defined himself as a religious man. Christ's teaching was, for Salvemini, the foundation of the moral faith that guided his life. Their mother, Amelia Pincherle Rosselli, was also was crucial to the moral and intellectual education of Carlo and Nello Rosselli. For her, they embraced a religiosity of devotion to the moral principle lived inwardly, to be practiced with absolute intransigence.

Keywords:   religion, moral liberty, duty, Carlo Rosselli, Nello Rosselli, Gaetano Salvemini, Amelia Pincherle Rosselli

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