Redeeming

Redeeming "The Prince": The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece

by Maurizio Viroli
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

"Maurizio Viroli is the premier scholar of Machiavelli, having extended himself more than anyone else to encompass the Italian and Anglophone scholarship on the Florentine. This is a fine and telling book."—Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University

"In this absolutely important book, Maurizio Viroli addresses the main points of controversy over

Overview

"Maurizio Viroli is the premier scholar of Machiavelli, having extended himself more than anyone else to encompass the Italian and Anglophone scholarship on the Florentine. This is a fine and telling book."—Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University

"In this absolutely important book, Maurizio Viroli addresses the main points of controversy over Machiavelli's Prince and provides a new, global interpretation of this masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. A work of serious, original scholarship, Viroli's book also gives a clear, simple, and coherent explanation of Machiavelli's work for general readers."—Jean-Jacques Marchand, professor emeritus, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Machiavelli’s The Prince has served as political propaganda for centuries, with little agreement on the Renaissance-era politician’s actual intent. Viroli (Niccolo’s Smile) argues that it is actually a 500-year-old plea for a moral and “astute” leader who can reverse course from the Medicis’ cruel and corrupt control of Italy’s city-states. Using previous scholarship to create a dialogue with opposing viewpoints, Viroli stresses that The Prince is neither satirical nor morally bankrupt but instead serves as a genuine call for a redeemer, supplementing his assertions with Machiavelli’s body of work—especially “The Exhortation to Liberate Italy”—and personal correspondence. Surprisingly, Viroli doesn’t address Machiavelli’s bitterness at losing his own powerful position because of the Medicis and relies heavily on Machiavelli’s sense of honesty, even though he was known to embellish his arguments and mythologize his subjects. As it presents limited historical context in favor of passionate philosophical discussion, Viroli’s examination of the “realist with imagination” looking for a political savior, is most suited for those familiar with Italy’s tumultuous political history. Illus. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Maurizio Viroli wants us to grasp that The Prince was not the cynically devious tract it seems, but rather a patriotic appeal for a redeemer politician to arise and save Italy from foreign invaders and its own shortsighted rulers."—Michael Ignatieff, The Atlantic

"[Viroli] makes a strong argument for rethinking widely held assumptions about The Prince."—Theodore Kinni, Strategy + Business

"Whether or not they agree with Viroli, all students of Machiavelli owe him gratitude for calling our attention to an alternative way of conceiving The Prince."—Cary J. Nederman, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"[B]ecause of its subject and its rich scholarly argumentation, Redeeming The Prince proves exciting. Connoisseur of literature and tradition surrounding Machiavelli, Maurizio Viroli manages to deliver a clear and accessible can be a good introduction to Machiavelli text."—Quentin Verreycken, liens socio

"As Machiavelli did, Viroli writes in a brisk, forceful style that reveals both a depth of thought and a vibrant passion for his subject."Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691160016
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,144,225
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Maurizio Viroli is professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University and professor of political communication at the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. His many books include Niccolò's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli (Hill & Wang), Machiavelli's God (Princeton), and The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi's Italy (Princeton).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >