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Maurizio Viroli


This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, and an account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. It challenges the accepted interpretations of Machiavelli's work, insisting that his republicanism was based not on a commitment to virtue, greatness, and expansion, but on the ideal of civic life protected by a shield of fair laws. This detailed study of how Machiavelli composed his famous work, The Prince, offers new interpretations, and it further argues that the most challenging and completely underestimated aspect of Machiavelli's thought i ... More

Keywords: Machiavelli, virtue, greatness, expansion, civic life, The Prince, human condition

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198780885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198780885.001.0001


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Maurizio Viroli, author
Princeton University
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