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John P. McCormick

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183503

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.001.0001

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Vulgarity and Virtuosity

Vulgarity and Virtuosity

Machiavelli’s Elusive “Effectual Truth”

(p.1) Introduction Vulgarity and Virtuosity
Reading Machiavelli

John P. McCormick

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the crucial themes within Machiavelli's three major political writings: The Prince, the Discourses and the Florentine Histories. It challenges what is considered to be misguided interpretive efforts offered by three illustrious, widely influential appraisals of the Florentine's work. Furthermore, the chapter substantiates Machiavelli's consistent advocacy for a new form of muscular, populist politics conveyed across his three greatest works. It also details how and why major interpretive schools of Machiavelli's political thought have either missed or deliberately obscured the radical extent of the Florentine's decidedly democratic form of republicanism. The chapter tackles suspect engagements with Machiavelli's political thought undertaken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leo Strauss, and scholars affiliated with the Cambridge School.

Keywords:   Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, Discourses, Florentine Histories, populist politics, republicanism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leo Strauss, Cambridge School

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