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The Machiavellian MomentFlorentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition$
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J. G. A. Pocock

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172231

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172231.001.0001

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The Medicean Restoration

The Medicean Restoration

B) Machiavelli’s Il Principe

(p.156) Chapter VI The Medicean Restoration
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter adopts a formal and political approach to Machiavelli’s Il Principe (The Prince, 1532). Il Principe is a study of the “new prince”—or rather of that class of political innovators to which he belongs. Here, Machiavelli focuses on the relations between the innovator and fortune. Thus, this chapter seeks to bring out some of the work’s implications by relating them to two schemes of ideas: the one rehearsing the modes of cognizing and acting upon the particular which appear to have been available in medieval and Renaissance political thought; the other detailing humanist and Florentine thought on the relation of citizenship, virtue, and fortuna.

Keywords:   Niccolo Machiavelli, Il Principe, citizenship, virtue, fortuna, medieval political thought, Renaissance political thought, political innovators

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