Machiavelli's Prince (häftad)
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Machiavelli's Prince

A New Reading

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This book gives a radical, new, chapter-by-chapter reading of Machiavelli's The Prince, arguing that it is an ironic masterpiece with a moral purpose. It outlines Machiavelli's most important ironic techniques: a normatively coded use of language.
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Choice Every student of Machiavelli will benefit from reading this book.

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Benner's book provides a great service to Machiavelli scholars . . . Because of her close reading and erudition, Benner points out much that is questionable in The Prince that could otherwise be missed (and which many scholars have missed). This is no small achievement. Benner's greatest interpretive innovation, however, does not stem from this close reading alone, but from having identified certain normatively laden code words that color Machiavelli's . . . seemingly neutral depiction of events and counsel.

Renaissance Studies The depth in which [Benner] pursues her interpretation . . . sets this book apart from previous studies . . . Benner's familiarity with the work of Tacitus, Livy and Plutarch enables her to identify dissonances that may have been more evident to Machiavelli and his classically educated contemporaries than they are to modern readers. Benner's book convincingly demonstrates the multi-layered complexity of Machiavelli's text, which she argues should be approached as a profoundly ambiguous piece of writing.

Perspectives on Politics A welcome arrival, [this book] is a carefully considered examination that sheds much light on Machiavellis text and rhetoric . . . Benners excavation of Machiavellis subtle critique of empire and account of Cesare Borgias failures are particularly strong.

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Erica Benner is Fellow in Ethics and Political philosophy at Yale University. She previously taught at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. She is the author of Really Existing Nationalisms (OUP 1995), Machiavelli's Ethics (PUP 2009), and many publications in the ethics of nationalism and self-determination.


Introduction ; Ironic techniques ; Coded words ; Dedication: Princes and peoples ; STATES ; 1. Republics and principalities ; 2. Maintaining states ; 3. Empire ; 4. Absolute government ; 5. Free cities ; MODES ; 6. Virtu ; 7. Fortune ; 8. Crimes ; 9. Fortunate astuteness ; FOUNDATIONS ; 10. Abundance and necessity ; 11. Popes ; 12. Arms and laws ; 13. Arms and virtu ; 14. Knowledge and discipline ; VIRTUES AND VICES ; 15. Praise and blame ; 16. Giving and spending ; 17. Fear and punishment ; 18. Deception and good faith ; 19. What princes should fear ; PRUDENCE AND TRUST ; 20. Trusting one's own subjects ; 21. Gaining trust from allies ; 22. Trustworthy ministers ; 23. Why princes need the truth ; REDEMPTION ; 24. Stop blaming others ; 25. How to deal with fortune ; 26. Pick yourself up ; Conclusion ; Introduction ; Ironic techniques ; Coded words ; Dedication: Princes and peoples