Machiavelli in Love: The Modern Politics of Love and Fear

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Haig Patapan discovers that Machiavelli intertwines teachings on love with his political and philosophical theories. This book is an invitation to find the implicit teachings on love cleverly intermingled in Machiavelli's works, with the reward of reaching a profound understanding of modernity and Machiavelli's political views in relation to the foundations of love, Patapan reveals that the understanding of love is essential to the appreciation of Machiavelli's political thought. Each chapter of the book engages different facets of the philosopher's thought to yield a comprehensive appreciation of Machiavellian love and fear and its implication for modernity.
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Editorial Reviews

Diana Schaub
Haig Patapan nicely situates Machiavelli in conversation with ancient and Christian philosophy and with later modern philosophers. His analyses of Machiavelli's letters, plays, and poems are fresh and insightful. By approachingThe Prince through the lens of Machiavelli in love, the author does manage to shed new light even on that much written-about text.
Robert Faulkner
This is an indispensable book on an often neglected side of Machiavelli’s project. Patapan brings out the new understanding of love as a mania without end or higher inclination, the primacy of fear, and the subtle elaborations in letters and literary writings as well as in Prince and Discourses. An elegant book filled with learning and wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739112502
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/29/2006
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Haig Patapan is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbain, Australia.

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Table of Contents

1 Nets of gold 15
2 Art of love 45
3 Prince of love 79
4 Friends and enemies 111
5 Machiavelli in love 137
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