Dr Michele Chiaruzzi, a Clare Hall Life Member is to launch his new book 'Martin Wight on Fortune and Irony in Politics' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) at an event to be held at the University of Bologna, Italy, on the 9th May at 6pm. Dr Chiaruzzi is also the Director of the Research Centre for International Relations and member of the Board of Directors of the University of San Marino. He collaborates with the Institute of the Italian Enciclopedia Treccani and serves on the Editorial Board of the Rivista di Politica. He is also Ambassador of San Marino to Sarajevo.
The point of departure for Michele Chiaruzzi’s excellent book is a previously unpublished essay of Martin Wight’s entitled ‘Fortune’s Banter’, a meditation on fortune, irony and tragedy, but what lifts the volume into a real contribution to contemporary debates, and in particular to the revival of ‘classical realism’, is Chiaruzzi’s extended introduction to the text, which is a thoughtful and admirably clear contribution in its own right.
Chris Brown, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michele Chiaruzzi's book is a powerful work of theory, interpretation and intellectual history. We owe a debt of gratitude to Chiaruzzi not only for publishing an important unpublished essay of Martin Wight, but for showing how a familiar figure in the discipline of international relations can be understood afresh. Through his rigorous philological and archival researches, Chiaruzzi contextualizes Wight and his thought with an eloquence, erudition and understanding rarely seen in international relations.
Richard Devetak, Head of the School of Political Science and International Relations, University of Queensland
Michele Chiaruzzi has done great service to the history of international thought, bringing to light a hitherto unpublished essay by Martin Wight and providing with it a sensitive and erudite reading of his philosophy of international relations. Spanning ancient and modern history, as well as past and contemporary politics, with meditations on fortune, irony, necessity, and moral obligation, this book is a major contribution to scholarship on the early English School.
Ian Hall, Professor of International Relations, Griffith University