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DHUM 1385A - Making up Machiavelli: Foxes and Lions

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Politics is the realm of appearances, the place for making up ideas and identities, the theatre of dissimulation, where truth is subjected to power and power is mingled with lies. Machiavelli is the master-mind of the political game. The famous maxim: “the end justifies the means” is attributed to him, even though he never put it on paper. At a closer look, Messer Niccolò appears to be less ruthless than he is usually portrayed. His life raises the issues of morality in politics. After serving as a Chancellor for the Republican government, he tried to gain favor under the princely Medici returned from exile to Florence. On a comparative level, this course will also take a glimpse to the works of his more successful friends Guicciardini and Vettori, and analyze the multifarious, high and low-brow reactions to the 500-year-old Prince, one of the most influential works of political theory and practice ever written.


SIMONETTA, Marcello (Enseignant indépendant)