Well-Ordered License: On the Unity of Machiavelli's Thought

Well-Ordered License: On the Unity of Machiavelli's Thought

by Markus Fischer




Interpreters of Machiavelli easily agree that his political writings have profoundly influenced our fundamental ideas of state and society, yet these interpreters rarely agree on what Machiavelli really thought. Did Machiavelli seek to recover classical republicanism in the Aristotelian tradition, or did he aspire to usher in modernity? Was he a cynic who assumed human beings to be inescapably wicked and offered technical advice to tyrants, or did he aim at some version of "the good life"? Did he create a general theory of politics, or did he teach us that political issues should be approached in a particular contextual, dialectical, or rhetorical manner? Through systematic analysis, Markus Fischer's cogent and articulate study succeeds in resolving these questions. Well-Ordered License will appeal both to new students of Machiavelli and to scholars who have long sought to reconcile the seeming incoherence of his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739101070
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/09/2000
Series: Applications of Political Theory Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Markus Fischer teaches political theory and international relations in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The World and How We Know It Chapter 3 Human Nature and Action Chapter 4 Political Good and Necessary Evil Chapter 5 Principalities and Republics Chapter 6 Struggle for Empire Chapter 7 Intentions, Insights, and Errors

What People are Saying About This

Cary J. Nederman

Markus Fischer has produced an important new interpretation of Machiavelli's corpus. "Well-Ordered License" makes a persuasive case for the internal coherence of Machiavelli's thought. . . . This book is sure to become a standard work on the topic.
Cary J. Nederman

Anthony J. Parel

A very important study that takes the reader to the heart of Machiavellism. . . . A highly sophisticated ethical awareness pervades Fischer's incisive comments and analysis.
Anthony J. Parel

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