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Thinking in Extremes

Machiavellian Studies

The peer-reviewed book series Thinking in Extremes: Machiavellian Studies has a double aim. First, it aims to become the international reference for Machiavellian studies, the site where the main critical traditions (Anglo-American, French, and Italian) can not only meet but also interact and reciprocally influence each other. Second, the series aims to establish a new methodological approach to the study of Machiavelli and, more generally, early modern political thought: a methodology grounded on the trans-disciplinary – and probably anti-disciplinary – dimension of his thought. This fundamental characteristic is not sufficiently clear in the field that is still divided between the image of Machiavelli as a ‘pure scholar,’ and reader of ancient manuscripts versus the image of Machiavelli as a ‘pure politician,’ almost ignorant of political philosophy and barely capable of repeating someone else’s opinion. The fact that Machiavelli was an active and practical politician is too often considered as an handicap. In fact, because of his cultural background and his social origin, Machiavelli opens up the possibility of a new original intellectual approach, in which theory and practice, culture and politics cannot be separated. For this reason, the study of his thought can be carried on only by intertwining multiple codes and languages and by recognizing the positive dimensions of his multiplicity of approaches.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Jason Prevost. Please direct all other correspondence to Assistant Editor Jennifer Obdam.

Edited by Oliver Kohns

Die Reihe »Texte zur politischen Ästhetik« stellt die Verbindung von Ästhetik und Politik nicht in den Zusammenhang der Darstellung oder Kritik politischer Verhältnisse in ästhetischen Werken, sondern fragt, inwiefern das Politische immer schon auf Ästhetik, bestimmte Formen der Sichtbarwerdung, des Wahrgenommenwerdens und folglich der ästhetischen Repräsentation angewiesen ist. Der Forschungsansatz ist durch eine kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektive auf Politik geprägt, die dezidiert für interdisziplinäre Fragestellungen geöffnet ist – unter Einbeziehung etwa von Medien- und Literaturwissenschaften, Philosophie, Soziologie, Geschichts-, Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft. Die Reihe wird von Forschern der Universität Luxemburg herausgegeben und strebt – dem Anspruch der Universität gemäß – eine internationale und damit auch komparatistische Ausrichtung an. Weitere Informationen unter: www.figurationen.lu.

Social and Critical Theory

A Critical Horizons Book Series

J. Rundell

The Social and Critical Theory Book Series provides a forum for the critical analysis of issues and debates within critical and social theories and the traditions through which these concerns are often voiced. The series is committed to publishing works that offer critical and insightful analyses of contemporary societies, as well as exploring the many dimensions of the human condition through which these critiques can be made.
Social and Critical Theory publishes works that stimulate new horizons of critical thought by actively promoting debate across established boundaries.

The series published an average of 1,5 volumes per year over the last 5 years.
The series Social, Political and Legal Philosophy will publish collections of new essays on topics in social or political or legal philosophy.
Social, Political and Legal Philosophy is a subseries of Rodopi Philosophical Studies.
Post-Communist European Thought presents the range and strength of philosophy as practiced in the formerly communist countries of Europe.
Post-Communist European Thought is a special series in the Value Inquiry Book Series.
Post-Communist European Thought is co-sponsored by the Center for East European Dialogue and Development, Rochester Institute of Technology.