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Machiavelli's Virtue

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Uniting thirty years of authoritative scholarship by a master of textual detail, Machiavelli's Virtue is a comprehensive statement on the founder of modern politics. Harvey Mansfield reveals the role of sects in Machiavelli's politics, his advice on how to rule indirectly, and the ultimately partisan character of his project, and shows him to be the founder of such modern ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published March 25th 1998 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1996)
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Roger McFarland
Jul 29, 2015 Roger McFarland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, philosophy
Mansfield’s book on Machiavelli is truly brilliant with scores of fascinating insights. This book is a collection of his essays, but well organized (in 4 parts and 13 chapters). It highlights Machiavelli’s attempt to undermine or replace Christianity (and transcendental religion generally), the nature of the people (simply not wanting to be oppressed), and Machiavelli as the founder of “modernity”. Mansfield also demonstrates how Machiavelli redefines virtue from its classical or Christian meani ...more
Ahsan
Jan 06, 2011 Ahsan rated it it was amazing
This book has been an amazing, sometimes difficult, sometimes exhilarating journey into the web Machiavelli spun.

I also note with great regret that I lost steam mid-way, continuing to read it only recently. Oh, if only I had read Essay 10 earlier, I may have stopped myself from committing a few grave errors of judgement.

I'm still reading "Machiavelli's Virtue", but based on what I've read so far, I'm ready to give it five stars. Compared to other commentators on Machiavelli, Mansfield is eloquen
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Paul
Jul 13, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
This one is heavy lifting indeed. Mansfield is a beguiling writer, alternately suggestive and bold. It is exceedingly difficult to pin him down on some matters where he prefers to maintain that quintessential Straussian ambiguity. This can be maddening. Nevertheless, the book constitutes an intensive study of Machiavelli that will not fail to engage the mind of any reader prepared for some hard work.
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Harvey Claflin Mansfield, Jr. is a Professor of Government at Harvard University.

He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center; he also received the National Humanities Medal in 2004 and delivered the Jefferson Lecture in 2007. He is a Carol G. Simon Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is notable for his generally conse
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