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Machiavelli's Ethics free pdf "Machiavelli's Ethics" challenges the most entrenched understandings of Machiavelli, arguing that he was a moral and political philosopher who consistently favored the rule of law over that of men, that he had a coherent theory of justice, and that he did not defend the 'Machiavellian' maxim that the ends justify the means. By carefully reconstructing the principled foundations of his political theory, Erica Benner gives the most complete account yet of Machiavelli's thought. She argues that his difficult and puzzling style of writing owes far more to ancient Greek sources than is usually recognized, as does his chief aim: to teach readers not how to produce deceptive political appearances and rhetoric - but how to see through them. Drawing on a close reading of Greek authors - including Thucydides, Xenophon, Plato, and Plutarch - Benner identifies a powerful and neglected key to understanding Machiavelli. This important new interpretation is based on the most comprehensive study of Machiavelli's writings to date, including a detailed examination of all of his major works - "The Prince", "The Discourses", "The Art of War", and "Florentine Histories". It helps explain why readers such as Bacon and Rousseau could see Machiavelli as a fellow moral philosopher, and how they could view "The Prince" as an ethical and republican text. By identifying a rigorous structure of principles behind Machiavelli's historical examples, the book should also open up fresh debates about his relationship to later philosophers, including Rousseau, Hobbes, and Kant.

About Erica Benner

Erica Benner is fellow in ethics and history of philosophy at Yale University, and the author of "Really Existing Nationalisms".

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Author : Erica Benner
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Data Published : 25 November 2009
ISBN : 0691141770
EAN : 9780691141770
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 544 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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