Machiavelli's New Modes and Orders: A Study of the Discourses on Livy / Edition 2

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Overview


In the only full-length interpretive study of Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, Harvey C. Mansfield provides a chapter-by-chapter commentary of this controversial and ambiguous work. Mansfield argues that Machiavelli's new modes and orders were intended to undermine the classical and Christian foundations of political philosophy and establish a new foundation not only for modern political philosophy, but for modern politics as well.

This penetrating study, wrought by one of Machiavelli's foremost interpreters, uncovers the hidden intricacies of the Discourses. It will inform and challenge its readers at every step.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226503707
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 456,937
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Machiavelli's Virtue and has translated The Prince, Discourses on Livy (with Nathan Tarcov), and Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (with Delba Winthrop), all published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Machiavelli's Dedicatory Letter
Book I
Introduction
1. The Building of Cities
2. The Ordering of Regimes
3. Founders and Their Reputation
4. The Use of Religion
5. Living under a Prince
6. The Third King
7. The Tyranny of the New Prince
8. A Grateful People
9. The Dictator and the Decemvirate
10. Fear and Glory in the Multitude
11. Conclusion
Book II
Introduction
1. How Rome Acquired Its Empire
2. The Cause of Rome's Subjection
3. The Beginnings of Modernity
4. The Modern Army
5. False Opinions
6. Reasons or Causes
7. The Passions of Idleness
8. The Captain's Free Commission
Book III
Introduction
1. The Founder-Captain
2. Virtue and the Multitude
3. Machiavelli's Strategy
Index
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