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The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco il vecchio

Mark Jurdjevic

in Guardians of Republicanism: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199204489
eISBN:
9780191708084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204489.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter Three analyses the Valori family's friendship with Niccolò Machiavelli. It considers Niccolò Valori's political support of Machiavelli, their common fortunes following the restoration of the ... More


On the Myth of a Conservative Turn in the Florentine Histories

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter argues that the people must assert their necessary, salutary role as the guardian of liberty against predatory oligarchs and tyrants. It suggests that once readers appreciate that one of ... More


Leo Strauss’s Machiavelli and the Querelle between the Few and the Many

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter analyzes Leo Strauss' engagement with the democratic elements of Niccolò Machiavelli's political thought; specifically, Machiavelli's self-avowed departure from the ancients in favoring ... More


The Cambridge School’s “Guicciardinian Moments” Revisited

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the most influential contemporary approach to the study of classical and early-modern republicanism and Niccolò Machiavelli's supposed place within that tradition—the ... More


Reading Machiavelli

John P. McCormick

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

To what extent was Machiavelli a “Machiavellian”? Was he an amoral adviser of tyranny or a stalwart partisan of liberty? A neutral technician of power politics or a devout Italian patriot? A reviver ... More


Political Liberty

Hilary Gatti

in Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern Europe: From Machiavelli to Milton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163833
eISBN:
9781400866304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163833.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines Niccolò Machiavelli's ideas about liberty. It considers Machiavelli's Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy (1584), which contains Machiavelli's treatment of ... More


Vulgarity and Virtuosity: Machiavelli’s Elusive “Effectual Truth”

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the crucial themes within Machiavelli's three major political writings: The Prince, the Discourses and the Florentine Histories. It challenges what ... More


The Passion of Duke Valentino: Cesare Borgia, Biblical Allegory, and The Prince

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter demonstrates how Machiavelli's narrative of Cesare Borgia's career—to which he devotes more space than any other in The Prince—is presented as a story in which a holy father sends his ... More


“Keep the Public Rich and the Citizens Poor”: Economic Inequality and Political Corruption in the Discourses

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter indicates how, when one realizes that Machiavelli presents the Gracchi's career in the Discourses in such a way that he may be read as both endorsing and criticizing the ill-fated Roman ... More


Rousseau’s Repudiation of Machiavelli’s Democratic Roman Republic

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter contends that Jean-Jacques Rousseau's analysis and appropriation of the Roman Republic deliberately undermines Machiavelli's efforts to reconstruct and promote institutions that both ... More


Renaissance and Reconnaissance

Stuart Elden

in The Birth of Territory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226202563
eISBN:
9780226041285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226041285.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter looks at the relation between the renaissance and the conquest and mapping of the new world in terms of their impact on the theory and practice of territory. Despite how Machiavelli is ... More


Scandalous Writings, Dubious Readings, and the Virtues of Popular Empowerment

John P. McCormick

in Reading Machiavelli

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691183503
eISBN:
9780691187914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This concluding chapter entertains the idea of Niccolò Machiavelli possibly dismissing Leo Strauss, J.G.A. Pocock, Quentin Skinner, and even Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in much the same manner that he ... More


The Tension between Law and Politics in the Modern Republican Tradition

Marco Geuna

in Republican Democracy: Liberty, Law and Politics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748643066
eISBN:
9780748689255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643066.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines the modern republican tradition and how thinkers from Niccolò Machiavelli to the authors of The Federalist conceived of the relationship and inevitable tensions between law and ... More


Niccolò Machiavelli: Rethinking Decentralization’s Role in Green Theory

Francisco Seijo

in Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262028059
eISBN:
9780262325264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028059.003.0004
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Francisco Seijo draws on Niccolò Machiavelli to take issue with contemporary greens who argue that radical decentralization – in the form of eco-anarchism or bioregionalism – is most conducive to ... More


Justus Lipsius and the Post-Machiavellian Prince

Christopher Brooke

in Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152080
eISBN:
9781400842414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter studies the political thought of Justus Lipsius, a moral and political thinker as well as the author of the two-volume philosophical dialogue De constantia (1583) and the six-volume ... More


At the Crossroads: Strauss on the Coming of Modernity

Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert

in Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226135731
eISBN:
9780226135878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226135878.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Strauss identified Machiavelli as the originator of modern political philosophy, and frequently wrote on him. One of his writings was the essay on Machiavelli in the second and later editions of ... More


Epilogue

Hilary Gatti

in Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern Europe: From Machiavelli to Milton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163833
eISBN:
9781400866304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163833.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter studies Henry Neville's Plato redivivus (Plato reborn, 1681), a work that continued the discussion of republican rule under the influence of a reading of Machiavelli. It compares and ... More


Machiavelli's Gift of Counsel

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234288
eISBN:
9780823241231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter argues for reading the Prince both rhetorically and historically as the product of multiple desires on the part of its exiled, unemployed author: to obtain employment for him as privy ... More


The Greatness of Machiavelli and the Despotic Disease of His Politics—Both Princely and Republican

Vickie B. Sullivan

in Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226482910
eISBN:
9780226483078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226483078.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines the few references to Machiavelli in The Spirit of the Laws to reveal the extent and depth of Montesquieu’s engagement with the Florentine thinker. Although Montesquieu ... More


Rhetoric as a Balancing of Ends: Cicero and Machiavelli

Gary A. Remer

in Ethics and the Orator: The Ciceronian Tradition of Political Morality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226439167
eISBN:
9780226439334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226439334.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Despite their similarities, Cicero and Machiavelli differ from each other in that Cicero, in contrast to Machiavelli, openly affirms that politics is incomplete without a dual commitment to the good ... More


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