POLI 2629 Introduction to the Political Thought of Niccolo Machiavelli (Spring: 3 )
This course aims to explore and clarify the main aspects of Machiavelli's political thought. After around 500 years, Machiavelli's views are still the object of intense debate: was he the discoverer of the necessity and autonomy of politics, the restorer of ancient republicanism, the destroyer of Christian civilization and a teacher of evil, the unaware initiator of liberal pluralism, or a philosopher? By focusing on Machiavelli's two major political works, The Prince and Discourses on Livy, the course will shed light on his fundamental theses and, thereby, will attempt to provide the tools for reasoned and informed debate about the several interpretations sketched above.
Instructor(s): Alberto Ghibellini
Last Updated: 19-Dec-17