Machiavelli Redeemed: Retrieving His Humanist Perspectives on Equality, Power, and Glory

Framsida
Lehigh University Press, 1998 - 264 sidor
"The true Machiavelli is not to be found in extremist interpretations. The fault for these misperceptions is partly his own: he spoke in provocative paradoxes to challenge sacred truths, and this makes it easy for observers to ignore the obvious. In this portrait, the obvious dominates our vision, and he emerges as a Renaissance humanist. Like all of us, Machiavelli was a flawed being with strains of greatness mixed with baser ingredients. But his political insights and recognition of the emergence of a new reality qualify him as a political genius. Neither devil nor saint, Machiavelli has languished too long in the Purgatory of the human imagination and deserves redemption."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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A Humanist Worldview
33
Humanism and Empiricism A World Open to Human Effort
35
Human Nature and Potentials
57
Corruption and Nobility Maximizing Human Potentials
59
Machiavellian Morals
81
Creating Our Moral Obligations
83
The End Justifies the Meansin Corruption
114
Obeying Laws under a Good Constitution
128
Why Freedom May Require Princes
143
Ambition Corruption and Nationalism
164
Economics Equality and Justice
175
Machiavellis Place in the History of Western Political Thought
193
Chronology of Events Shaping Machiavellis Thought
219
Notes
228
Bibliography
251
Index
259

Economics Society and Politics
141

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