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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 Problem and Its Modes

The Problem and Its Modes

A) Experience, Usage and Prudence

(p.3) Chapter I The Problem and Its Modes
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter expounds on three modes of thought which were explicitly concerned with the problems of political particularity; with what was intellectually possible when the particular political society was viewed as existing in time; when the particular contingency or event was viewed as arising in time; and when the particular society was viewed as a structure for absorbing and responding to the challenges posed by such events and as consisting, institutionally and historically, of the traces of such responses made in past time. In so doing, this chapter attempts to construct a model which can help to elucidate what had happened when the republican ideal posed the problem of the universal’s existence in secular particularity.

Keywords:   political particularity, republican theory, Christian thought, secular particularity, republican ideal, John Fortescue, C. H. McIlwain

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