'Men are infamous and detestable who are destroyers of religion, squanderers of kingdoms and republics, and enemies of the virtues'. Niccolo Machiavelli (1459-1527) is one of the most influential modern political thinkers. His works, above all The Prince , The Discourses on Livy , The Florentine Histories and The Art of War , are still passionately discussed in the intellectual community and continue to suscitate new visions of political action. Against the trite commonplace that Machiavelli was a teacher of evil who justified political immorality, Maurizio Viroli shows, on the basis of a rigorous study of his texts, that Machiavaelli taught instead the best way to attain true glory through political action and that his works were inspired by a profound love of republican liberty. Extracts are taken from the whole corpus of Machiavelli's works, including his personal letters.
|Publication date:||1st August 2008|
|Categories:||Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600, Social & political philosophy,|
Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His many books include Jean Jacques Rousseau and the 'Well-Ordered Society', Machiavelli and Niccolo's Smile. He is the editor of Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, and co-editor of Machiavelli and Republicanism.More About Maurizio Viroli