Machiavelli's Virtue

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Uniting thirty years of authoritative scholarship by a master of textual detail, Machiavelli's Virtue is a comprehensive statement on the founder of modern politics. Harvey Mansfield reveals the role of sects in Machiavelli's politics, his advice on how to rule indirectly, and the ultimately partisan character of his project, and shows him to be the founder of such modern and diverse institutions as the impersonal state and the energetic executive. Accessible and elegant, this groundbreaking interpretation ...

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Overview

Uniting thirty years of authoritative scholarship by a master of textual detail, Machiavelli's Virtue is a comprehensive statement on the founder of modern politics. Harvey Mansfield reveals the role of sects in Machiavelli's politics, his advice on how to rule indirectly, and the ultimately partisan character of his project, and shows him to be the founder of such modern and diverse institutions as the impersonal state and the energetic executive. Accessible and elegant, this groundbreaking interpretation explains the puzzles and reveals the ambition of Machiavelli's thought.

"The book brings together essays that have mapped [Mansfield's] paths of reflection over the past thirty years. . . . The ground, one would think, is ancient and familiar, but Mansfield manages to draw out some understandings, or recognitions, jarringly new."—Hadley Arkes, New Criterion

"Mansfield's book more than rewards the close reading it demands."—Colin Walters, Washington Times

"[A] masterly new book on the Renaissance courtier, statesman and political philosopher. . . . Mansfield seeks to rescue Machiavelli from liberalism's anodyne rehabilitation."—Roger Kimball, The Wall Street Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Roger Kimball
[A] masterly new book on the Renaissance courtier, stateman and political philosopher. . . . Mr. Mansfield seeks to rescue Machiavelli from liberalism's anodyne rehabilitation. -- Wall Street Journal
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Mansfield (government, Harvard U.) analyzes Machiavelli's radical notion of virtue, arguing that Machiavelli intended to rule the world with his ideas. He reveals the role of sects in Machiavelli's politics and looks at his individual works as wholes, showing him to be the founder of later modern institutions such as the impersonal state and the energetic executive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hadley Arkes
[Mansfield] emerges from this writing, exquisitely patient and refined, with lessons for our current politics that are both apt and unsettling. The ground, one would think, is ancient and familiar, but Mansfield manages to draw out some understandings, or recognition's, jarringly new.
—Hadley Arkes, New Criterion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226503691
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 371
  • Sales rank: 954,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Preface
1: Machiavelli's Virtue
2: Necessity in the Beginnings of Cities
3: Burke and Machiavelli on Principles in Politics
4: Machiavelli and the Idea of Progress
5: An Introduction to Machiavelli's Florentine Histories
6: Party and Sect in Machiavelli's Florentine Histories
7: An Introduction to The Prince
8: An Introduction to Machiavelli's Art of War
9: Strauss's Machiavelli
10: Machiavelli's New Regime
11: Machiavelli's Political Science
12: Machiavelli's Stato and the Impersonal Modern State
13: Machiavelli and the Modern Executive Notes Bibliography Index

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