Thoughts on Machiavelli

ISBN-10: 0226777022

ISBN-13: 9780226777023

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Authors: Leo Strauss

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Leo Strauss argued that the most visible fact about Machiavelli's doctrine is also the most useful one: Machiavelli seems to be a teacher of wickedness. Strauss sought to incorporate this idea in his interpretation without permitting it to overwhelm or exhaust his exegesis of The Prince and the Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy. "We are in sympathy," he writes, "with the simple opinion about Machiavelli [namely, the wickedness of his teaching], not only because it is wholesome, but above all because a failure to take that opinion seriously prevents one from doing justice to what is truly admirable in Machiavelli: the intrepidity of his thought, the grandeur of his vision, and the graceful subtlety of his speech." This critique of the founder of modern political philosophy by this prominent twentieth-century scholar is an essential text for students of both authors.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, among them The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, Natural Right and History,and Spinoza's Critique of Religion, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface
Introduction
The Twofold Character of Machiavelli's Teaching
Machiavelli's Intention: The Prince
Machiavelli's Intention: The Discourses
Machiavelli's Teaching
Notes
Index
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