Machiavelli / Edition 1

Machiavelli / Edition 1

by Maurizio Viroli, Maurizio Viroli
     
 

This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. Viroli challenges the accepted interpretations of Machiavelli's work, insisting that his republicanism was based not on a commitment to virtue, greatness, and expansion, but to

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This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. Viroli challenges the accepted interpretations of Machiavelli's work, insisting that his republicanism was based not on a commitment to virtue, greatness, and expansion, but to the ideal of civic life protected by the shield of fair laws. His detailed study of how Machiavelli composed The Prince offers a number of new interpretations and he further contends that the most challenging—and underestimated—aspect of Machiavelli's thought is his philosophy of life, in particular his conceptions of love, women, irony, God, and the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198780892
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1750L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Machiavelli's Philosophy of Life11
From the Angle of Poverty and Hardship12
The Miseries of the Human Condition15
Man and Cosmos17
A Political God21
Irony, Love, and the Variety of the World24
Magnanimity and the Pursuit of Glory35
The Tree of Politics40
2The Art of the State42
Politics as Civil Wisdom43
The Limits of Civil Wisdom47
Machiavelli's Critique of Classical Politics50
The Critique of the Medicean Art of the State56
The Methods of the Art of the State62
3The Power of Words73
The Tradition of Political Rhetoric and the Rhetorical Structure of The Prince75
The Rhetorical Power of History97
The Ambivalent Power of Rhetoric108
4The Theory of the Republic114
Republicanism before Machiavelli116
Machiavelli's Theory of the Well-Ordered Republic121
Political Corruption and its Remedies131
Redemptive Politics143
5The Passion of Liberty148
The Tradition of Republican Patriotism149
Machiavelli's Patriotism156
Notes175
Further Reading231
Index235

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