The Radical Machiavelli: Politics, Philosophy and Language, some of the finest Machiavellian scholars explore the Florentine’s thought five hundred years after the composition of his masterpiece,
The Prince. Their analysis, however, goes past
The Prince, extending to Machiavelli’s entire corpus and shining new light on his political, historical, and military works, with a special focus on their heritage in modern Marxist thought, the arena in which they reverberate most profoundly and originally.
Rather than a neutral, comprehensive, and safe interpretation, this book offers a partial and even partisan reading of Machiavelli, the 16th-century thinker who continues to divide scholars and interpreters, forcing them to confront their responsibility as contemporary thinkers in a global society where Machiavelli's ideas and the issues they address still matter.
Contributors are: Etienne Balibar, Banu Bargu, Jérémie Barthas, Thomas Berns, Alison Brown, Filippo Del Lucchese, Romain Descendre, Jean-Louis Fournel, Fabio Frosini, Giorgio Inglese, Mikko Lahtinen, Jacques Lezra, John P. McCormick, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Mohamed Moulfi, Gabriele Pedullà, Tania Rispoli, Peter D. Thomas, Sebastian Torres, Miguel Vatter, Stefano Visentin, Yves Winter, and Jean-Claude Zancarini.
Filippo Del Lucchese is senior lecturer in History of Political Thought at Brunel University, London, senior research associate, University of Johannesburg, and chair at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. His research interests are in the early modern period (from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment), history of philosophy and Marxism.
Fabio Frosini is a lecturer in the History of Philosophy at the University of Urbino. His research interests include Renaissance philosophy and culture, Marxist thought, and political philosophy. His most recent books are
Da Gramsci a Marx: Ideologia, verità e politica (DeriveApprodi, 2009),
La religione dell’uomo moderno: Verità e politica nei Quaderni del carcere di Antonio Gramsci (Carocci, 2010) and
Vita, tempo e linguaggio (1508–1510): Lettura Vinciana (Giunti , 2011).
Vittorio Morfino is a lecturer in the History of Philosophy at the Università di Milano-Bicocca and has been visiting professor at the USP (São Paulo) and at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is the author of
Il tempo e l'occasione: L’incontro Spinoza Machiavelli (LED, 2002, Paris 2012),
Incursioni spinoziste (Mimesis, 2002) as well as recently published the English volume,
Plural Temporality: Transindividuality and the Aleatory between Spinoza and Althusser (Brill, 2014).
"These papers cohere very well, often speaking to each other and sometimes disagreeing. They underscore the truism that
The Prince remains a battlefield and that no consensus on it is likely ever to be reached. But these papers, with their carefully constructed arguments, extensive documentation, and nuanced evaluations, as well as their forty-seven pages of bibliography, do much to clear away old smoke."
- John H. Geerken (Scripps College, emeritus), in
Renaissance Quarterly, vol. LXX, no. 2 (summer 2017)
Table of contents
List of Figures viii
List of Contributors ix
Part 1: Language, Text and Context of The Prince
1 Il genere e il tempo delle parole: dire la guerra nei testi machiavelliani 23
2 ‘Uno piccolo dono’: A Software Tool for Comparing the First Edition of Machiavelli’s
The Prince to Its Sixteenth Century French Translations 39
3 Of ‘Extravagant’ Writing:
The Prince, Chapter IX 56
4 ‘Italia’ come spazio politico in Machiavelli 73
5 Machiavelli the Tactician: Math, Graphs, and Knots in
The Art of War 81
Part 2: Machiavelli and Philosophy
6 Lucretian Naturalism and the Evolution of Machiavelli’s Ethics 105
7 Corpora Caeca : Discontinuous Sovereignty in
The Prince 128
8 The Five Theses of Machiavelli’s ‘Philosophy’ 144
9 Tempo e politica: Una lettura materialista di Machiavelli 174
10 Imitation and Animality: On the Relationship between Nature and History in Chapter XVIII of
The Prince 190
Part 3: Politics, Religion, and Prophecy
11 Prophetic Efficacy: The Relationship between Force and Belief 207
12 Prophecy, Education, and Necessity: Girolamo Savonarola between Politics and Religion 219
13 ‘Uno Mero Esecutore’: Moses,
The Prince 237
14 Machiavelli and the Republican Conception of Providence 250
Part 4: Radical Democracy beyond Republicanism
15 Machiavelli, Public Debt, and the Origin of Political Economy: An Introduction 273
16 Plebeian Politics: Machiavelli and the Ciompi Uprising 306
17 Machiavelli’s Greek Tyrant as Republican Reformer 337
John P. McCormick
Essere Principe, Essere Populare: The Principle of Antagonism in Machiavelli’s Epistemology 349
19 The Different Faces of the People: On Machiavelli’s Political Topography 368
Part 5: Machiavelli and Marxism
20 Machiavelli Was Not a Republicanist – Or Monarchist: On Louis Althusser’s ‘Aleatory’ Interpretation of
The Prince 393
23 Gramsci’s Machiavellian Metaphor: Restaging
The Prince 440
Peter D. Thomas
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