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Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading

Erica Benner


This book offers a chapter-by-chapter reading of the Prince as a masterwork of ironic writing with a moral purpose: to teach readers how to recognise hidden dangers in political conduct that appears great or praiseworthy, and in misleading promises of quick and easy solutions to their troubles. The Prince uses irony to hint at the problematic character of many princely actions it seems to praise. At the same time, it provokes readers to work out more prudent ways to gain political power and build effective defences. Far from eroding ancient contrasts between good and evil, tyranny and freedom, ... More

Keywords: Machiavelli, prince, ironic, dissimulation, moral, political, coded, praise

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Benner, author
Fellow in Ethics and Political Philosophy, Yale University