Machiavelli in Hell

Machiavelli in Hell

Offers a fresh look at the fifteenth century Florentine philosopher, recounts his life, and discusses his major work, "The Prince"

Author: Sebastian De Grazia

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: PSU:000057846736

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 497

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Offers a fresh look at the fifteenth century Florentine philosopher, recounts his life, and discusses his major work, "The Prince"
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

He translates the text and discusses Joly's intentions in writing it and his contribution to the understanding of modern politics. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Author: Maurice Joly

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739106996

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

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Joly's (1831-78) Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu is the major source of one of the world's most infamous and damaging forgeries, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That, however, was concocted some two decades after he died, and American political scientist Waggoner points to Joly's own text for evidence that he was not anti-semitic and was an intransigent enemy of the kind of tyranny the forgery served during the 1930s. He translates the text and discusses Joly's intentions in writing it and his contribution to the understanding of modern politics. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
Categories: Political Science

Hell Vs Hell

Hell Vs  Hell

Author: Joseph Anthony Mazzeo

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:22486437

Category: Hell

Page: 23

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Categories: Hell

Feminist Interpretations of Niccol Machiavelli

Feminist Interpretations of Niccol   Machiavelli

Machiavelli, Discourses, 1.4, 202. 63. Machiavelli, Discourses, 1.34,267. ... De Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, 269-70. 76. Brown, Manhood and Politics, 73.

Author: Maria J. Falco

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271047127

Category: Political Science

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Categories: Political Science

Machiavelli Leonardo and the Science of Power

Machiavelli  Leonardo  and the Science of Power

(see de Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, 45–47; Najemy, Between Friends, 93). 27. The paragraph ends with a reference to the “disaster of Prato,” the Spanish ...

Author: Roger D. Masters

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268160111

Category: Philosophy

Page: 406

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In recent years, Niccolò Machiavelli's works have been viewed primarily with historical interest as analysis of the tactics used by immoral political officials. Roger D. Masters, a leading expert in the relationship between modern natural sciences and politics, argues boldly in this book that Machiavelli should be reconsidered as a major philosopher whose thought makes the wisdom of antiquity accessible to the modern (and post-modern) condition, and whose understanding of human nature is superior to that of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, or Mill. Central to Masters's claim is his discovery, based on previously untranslated documents, that Machiavelli knew and worked with Leonardo da Vinci between 1502-1507. An interdisciplinary tour de force, Machiavelli, Leonardo, and the Science of Power will challenge, perplex, and ultimately delight readers with its evocative story of the relationship between Machiavelli and da Vinci, their crucial roles in the emergence of modernity, and the vast implications this holds for contemporary life and society.
Categories: Philosophy

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

Machiavelli is far from explicit. It might mean eternal damnation in the fires of a theological hell. Perhaps the additive culpability of numerous instances ...

Author: Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739130643

Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

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This book places Machiavelli in historical context but argues that his understanding of moral conflicts is well ahead of his time. Instead of arguing for the autonomy of politics, as is commonly supposed, Machiavelli grapples with the special problems of role-differentiated morality, where the duties of public office often conflict with the demands of conventional morality.
Categories: Philosophy

The Self at Liberty

The Self at Liberty

vellian Cosmos , 105-6 ; De Grazia , Machiavelli in Hell , 182. Note that popolo here does not always imply " the rest of the population , " but a very ...

Author: Duncan Ivison

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801432936

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Duncan Ivison sets out to map a subtle but significant addition to the political discourse on liberty. Using the political theories of Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke, John Rawls, and Michel Foucault, Ivison contests one of the most famous distinctions in contemporary political philosophy: Isaiah Berlin's distinction between negative and positive liberty. Ivison explores a gradual shift of focus from the individual acting in accordance with authentic desires and beliefs to the actions of a self at liberty. One indication of this shift is an increasing tendency in the early modern period to ally liberty closely with ideas of security and stability. Liberal conceptions of government assume that the free choices of individuals are necessary to maintain a liberal political order with efficient markets and an effective rule of law. But free choices and actions, along with their intended and unintended effects, risk undermining some of the conditions that make such an order possible. Being free stands in contrast, classically, to being constrained by the intentional actions of other people. Ivison presses the relation between intentions and constraints a bit further, and investigates what happens to our conceptions of liberty when attention shifts from negative constraints to various enabling conditions.
Categories: Political Science

The Truth in Hell and Other Essays on Politics and Culture 1935 1987

The Truth in Hell and Other Essays on Politics and Culture  1935 1987

The Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu or Machiavelli's Policies in the Nineteenth Century was published anonymously in French at Brussels ...

Author: Hans Speier

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195058758

Category: Law

Page: 358

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This collection of seminal essays spans the entire career of this pioneer sociologist and surveys social theory, ailitarism, propaganda, literature, and the present and the future.
Categories: Law

Machiavelli in Contemporary Media

Machiavelli in Contemporary Media

... as beset by an incubus, as the secretary of Hell, as the devil himself turned moralist.17 Thus Machiavelli and Satan became interchangeable, ...

Author: Andrea Polegato

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030738235

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Machiavelli s God

Machiavelli s God

INTRODUCTION Fifteen years ago, the late, lamented Sebastian de Grazia gave me his Machiavelli in Hell, which had just won the Pulitzer Prize.

Author: Maurizio Viroli

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691154497

Category: History

Page: 310

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To many readers of The Prince, Machiavelli appears to be deeply un-Christian or even anti-Christian, a cynic who thinks rulers should use religion only to keep their subjects in check. But in Machiavelli's God, Maurizio Viroli, one of the world's leading authorities on Machiavelli, argues that Machiavelli, far from opposing Christianity, thought it was crucial to republican social and political renewal--but that first it needed to be renewed itself. And without understanding this, Viroli contends, it is impossible to comprehend Machiavelli's thought. Viroli places Machiavelli in the context of Florence's republican Christianity, which was founded on the idea that the true Christian is a citizen who serves the common good. In this tradition, God participates in human affairs, supports and rewards those who govern justly, and desires men to make the earthly city similar to the divine one. Building on this tradition, Machiavelli advocated a religion of virtue, and he believed that, without this faith, free republics could not be established, defend themselves against corruption, or survive. Viroli makes a powerful case that Machiavelli, far from being a pagan or atheist, was a prophet of a true religion of liberty, a way of moral and political living that would rediscover and pursue charity and justice. The translation of this work has been funded by SEPS - Segretariato Europeo per le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.
Categories: History

Politics of the Lesser Evil

Politics of the Lesser Evil

The Conversation in HellMachiavelli, the Subversive Man of Reason — No Special Morality for Politics — Politicians as Scapegoats In his book of 1864 ...

Author: Anton Pelinka

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 141283144X

Category: History

Page: 259

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According to Pelinka, Jaruzelski's politics of democratization in Poland in the 1980s (which led to the first free and competitive elections in a communist system) illustrate personal leadership hampered by democracy. Jaruzelski initiated the roundtable process that transformed Poland into a democracy; yet, this process ultimately ended with his abdication.
Categories: History

Machiavelli on Modern Leadership

Machiavelli on Modern Leadership

Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Are As Timely And Important Today As Five Centuries Ago ... Sebastian de Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell (New York, 1994), p.

Author: Michael A. Ledeen

Publisher: Truman Talley Books

ISBN: 1429976837

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Niccolo Machiavelli, one of the eminent minds of the Italian Renaissance, spent much of a long and active lifetime trying to determine and understand what exceptional qualities of human character-- and what surrounding elements of fortune, luck, and timing-- made great men great leaders successful in war and peace. In perhaps the liveliest book on Machiavelli in years, Michael A. Ledeen measures contemporary movers and doers against the timeless standards established by the great Renaissance writer. Titans of statecraft (Margaret Thatcher, Francois Mitterrand, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton); business and finance (Bill Gates); Wall Street and investing (Warren Buffett); the military (Colin Powell), and sports (Michael Jordan) are judged by Machiavelli's precepts on leadership and the proper use of power. The result is a wide-ranging and scintillating study that illuminates the thoughts of the Renaissance master and the actions of today's truly towering figures as well as the character-challenged pretenders to greatness. Here is an exceptional book on Machiavelli and his ultra-realistic exploration of human nature-- then and now.
Categories: Political Science

Machiavelli and the Orders of Violence

Machiavelli and the Orders of Violence

Massimo Miglio and Giuseppe Lombardi (Rome: Vecchiarelli, 1993), 188; de Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, 327. 50 De Grazia writes that “in two pieces” implies ...

Author: Yves Winter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108580717

Category: Political Science

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Niccolò Machiavelli is the most prominent and notorious theorist of violence in the history of European political thought - prominent, because he is the first to candidly discuss the role of violence in politics; and notorious, because he treats violence as virtue rather than as vice. In this original interpretation, Yves Winter reconstructs Machiavelli's theory of violence and shows how it challenges moral and metaphysical ideas. Winter attributes two central theses to Machiavelli: first, violence is not a generic technology of government but a strategy that tends to correlate with inequality and class conflict; and second, violence is best understood not in terms of conventional notions of law enforcement, coercion, or the proverbial 'last resort', but as performance. Most political violence is effective not because it physically compels another agent who is thus coerced; rather, it produces political effects by appealing to an audience. As such, this book shows how in Machiavelli's world, violence is designed to be perceived, experienced, remembered, and narrated.
Categories: Political Science

Cunning

Cunning

Machiavelli makes fortune vividly female again. ... 40 On his deathbed, Machiavelli reported dreaming of wretches in heaven and ancient philosophers in hell ...

Author: Don Herzog

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691124159

Category: Philosophy

Page: 197

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"With pointedly mischievous prose, Don Herzog explores what's alluring and what's revolting in cunning. He draws on a colorful range of sources: tales of Odysseus; texts from Machiavelli; pamphlets from early modern England; salesmen's newsletters; Christian apologetics; plays, sermons; philosophical treatises; detective novels; famous, infamous, and obscure historical cases; and more." "The book is in three parts, bookended by two murderous churchmen. "Dilemmas" explores some canonical moments of cunning and introduces the distinction between knaves and fools as a "time-honored but radically deficient scheme." "Appearances" assails conventional approaches to unmasking. Surveying ignorance and self-deception, "Despair?" deepens the case that you ought to be cunning - and then sees what we might say in response."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Philosophy

Machiavelli s Secret

Machiavelli s Secret

Machiavelli, then, is a moral pessimist, but he does not locate the paradox ... way to go to the Devil . . . and learn the way to Hell” (Ltr. 270: 5/17/21).

Author: Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438457222

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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Uncovers clues regarding the inner life of Machiavelli’s political leaders. The political statesman, Machiavelli tells us, must love his country more than his own soul. Political leaders must often transgress clear moral principles, using means that are typically wrong, even horrifying. What sort of inner life does a leader who “uses evil well” experience and endure? The conventional view held by most scholars is that a Machiavellian statesman lacks any “inwardness” because Machiavelli did not delve into the state of mind one might find in a politician with “dirty hands.” While such a leader would bask in his glory, the argument goes, we can only wonder at the condition of the soul they have presumably risked in discharging their duties. In Machiavelli’s Secret, Raymond Angelo Belliotti uncovers a range of clues in Machiavelli’s writings that, when pieced together, reveal that the Machiavellian hero most certainly has “inwardness” and is surely deeply affected by the evil means he must sometimes employ. Belliotti not only reveals the nature of this internal condition, but also provides a springboard for the possibility of Machiavelli’s ideal statesman. “Belliotti identifies an important cluster of philosophical problems, including the extent to which statesman should bend the moral rules for the collective good and what implications such decisions might have for the statesman. Moreover, using Machiavelli to tie together this discussion both illustrates the timeless quality of the problem and provides a fresh way of thinking about the problem. The book nicely demonstrates the ways that contemporary philosophers can benefit from knowing more about history and also how historians can make use of contemporary discussions.” — John Draeger, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Categories: Philosophy

Political Theory for Mortals

Political Theory for Mortals

Machiavelli doesn't want to deprive new princes the useful tool of invoking fear of hell as a way of keeping common, god-fearing people in line.

Author: John E. Seery

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501718311

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Despite an abundance of violence occurring in political contexts, no liberal political theorist since Thomas Hobbes has talked directly and coherently about death. John E. Seery does. He contends that liberalism desperately needs a theoretical framework in which to discuss pressing matters of human mortality. Among the contemporary political issues that cry out for theoretical articulation, Seery suggests, are abortion politics, ethnic cleansing, suicide assistance, national reparations, environmental degradation, and capital punishment. Seery offers a new conception of social contract theory as a framework for confronting death issues. He urges us to look to an older tradition of descent into an underworld, wherein classic theorists consulted poetically with the dead and acquired from them political insight and direction. In this lively book, Seery excavates the infernal tradition by rereading the politics of death in Platonism, early Christianity, and contemporary feminism. Building on those traditions, he proposes a new, constructive image of death that can serve democratic theory productively. Reconsidered from the "land of the shades," social contractarian theory is sufficiently altered that, for example, a pro-life Christian and a pro-choice secularist might be able to strike common ground upon which to discuss abortion politics.
Categories: Political Science

Citizen Machiavelli

Citizen Machiavelli

Without exception, Machiavelli's references to Hell are comic,137 and if his treatment sometimes slides toward seriousness, that is by way of making the ...

Author: Mark Hulliung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351528481

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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Machiavelli has been viewed as the forerunner of the humanists of our day, liberals and socialists, who have discovered that moral ends sometimes require immoral means. Against this interpretation, Mark Hulliung argues that Machiavelli's "humanism," was rooted in classical notions of grandeur and greatness, and that his prime reason for admiring the ancient Roman republic was that it conquered the world. In short, Machiavelli was at his most Machiavellian precisely when he voiced his "civic humanism."Hulliung argues that Machiavelli's embrace of fraud and violence cannot be justified by patriotism or a professed concern with the common good. He indicts Machiavelli's use and abuse of history in the service of his cynical agenda?the quest for power. Hulliung sees Machiavelli as a republican imperialist, embracing the heroic pagan virtues and consciously subverting the humanistic tradition of Cicero, and the religious morality of Christianity, with an intentionally skewed interpretation of republican Rome.By inverting the Stoical and Christian elements of the classics, Machiavelli made the humanistic tradition give birth to Machiavellism, its terrible child. Hulliung's thesis is convincing, and his book is a valuable contribution to the debate on Machiavellian thought.
Categories: Philosophy

Amoral Politics

Amoral Politics

Rubenstein, "Machiavelli and Florentine Republican Experience,” pp. 15—16. 10. De Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, pp. 5-8, 107—8; Skinner, Machiavelli, pp.

Author: Ben-Ami Scharfstein

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438418865

Category: Philosophy

Page: 342

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After exploring the theory and practice of politics in ancient China, ancient India, and modern Europe, Scharfstein argues that the justification for deception and force is inseparable from political life and assesses the chances for a better political future.
Categories: Philosophy

Citizen soldiers and Manly Warriors

Citizen soldiers and Manly Warriors

Machiavelli, Discourses, II-2, 330-31, emphases mine. Hulliung, Citizen Machiavelli ... Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, 269-70. Brown, Manhood and Politics, ...

Author: R. Claire Snyder

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847694440

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 183

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What happens in a tradition that links citizenship with soldiering when women become citizens? Citizen Soldiers and Manly Warriors provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of the citizen-soldier in historical context. Using a postmodern feminist lens, Snyder reveals that within the citizen-soldier tradition, citizenship and masculinity are simultaneously constituted through engagement in civic and martial practices.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Politics Patriotism and Language

Politics  Patriotism and Language

... Machiavelli ( Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1998 ) , 16 , n . 19. Also cited by Sebastian De Grazia in his Machiavelli in Hell ( New York : Vintage ...

Author: William J. Landon

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820472751

Category: History

Page: 300

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Niccolò Machiavelli may not have been a cynical realist as he is often portrayed. On the contrary, this book argues that he precociously possessed the characteristics of an impassioned, sometimes misguided idealist, obsessed with the idea of Italian unification, but blinded to the practicalities of attaining that goal. William J. Landon suggests that these characteristics may help to explain his appeal to Italy's «Risorgimento» founders. This interdisciplinary volume, which also contains the first translation of a «Discourse or Dialogue Concerning our Language» since 1961, works well as a core text, or as a complement to courses in Renaissance history, literature or political science.
Categories: History