Liberalism School 2019- Messina: Giuseppe Giordano’s lesson on “Cross and Liberalism as Metapolitics”

Liberalism School 2019- Messina: Giuseppe Giordano’s lesson on “Cross and Liberalism as Metapolitics”

The lesson of prof. Giuseppe Giordano dealt with Benedetto Croce’s liberalism as a “metapolitical” vision. It has been pointed out that Croce’s liberalism acquires meaning only if it is placed on the foundation of the philosophy of Croce. In this perspective it is fundamental to remember that this philosophy is primarily a philosophy of individual responsibility. With the advent of Fascism, the Neapolitan philosopher feels the need to “politicize” his philosophy by declining it as metapolitical liberalism. This is because Croce sees in Freedom the principle that moves history, the ideal that men follow and the philosophical theory that best explains the reality understood as “history and nothing else but history”. His vision of liberalism is therefore “metapolitical” because it cannot be embodied in any institution that in itself can guarantee freedom forever; it is a liberalism, in a certain sense “prepolitical”, which leads Croce to portray an “eternal” role of freedom in the history of men