Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading

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9780199653638: Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading

Why did Machiavelli write the Prince - and why did religious and political authorities find it so threatening? Five hundred years on, this book tries to answer these questions.

In the first detailed, chapter-by-chapter reading of the Prince in any language, Erica Benner shows that the book is a masterpiece of ironic writing. Machiavelli's style is deliberately ambiguous: he often seems to say one thing, but gives readers clues that point toward a very different message. Beyond its 'Machiavellian' surface, the Prince has a surprisingly moral purpose. It teaches readers how to recognize hidden dangers in political conduct that merely appears great or praiseworthy - and to mistrust promises of easy solutions to political problems.

This highly engaging new interpretation helps readers to see beyond the Prince's deceptive first appearances. Benner sets out Machiavelli's main ironic techniques at the outset, especially his coded use of words to signal praise or blame. Once readers become familiar with these codes, they will find it easier to grasp the Prince's surreptitiously pro-republican message - and its powerful critique of charismatic one-man rule and imperial politics.

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About the Author:


Erica Benner is Fellow in Ethics and Political philosophy at Yale University. She previously taught at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. She is the author of Really Existing Nationalisms (OUP 1995), Machiavelli's Ethics (PUP 2009), and many publications in the ethics of nationalism and self-determination.

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"In this powerful and provocative re-reading, Erica Benner, the author of Machiavelli's Ethics, boldly challenges conventional wisdom concerning Machiavelli's purposes in The Prince by revealing his artful and subtle use, informed by ancient philosophical techniques, of irony and dissimulation to make the text mean other than what it seems to say. Benner's stimulating reinterpretation is a 'must read' that will compel you to rethink everything you thought you knew about The Prince." --John Najemy, Professor of History, Cornell University


"This is a carefully constructed, chapter by chapter analysis of Machiavelli's Prince that will be the interpretation to beat for the next generation of scholars. Where criticism customarily distinguishes what Machiavelli is doing in the Prince from his Discourses, Benner's appreciation of Machiavelli's mastery of irony allows her to present them as woven wholly from the same cloth. The result is a deeply informed, innovative and thoroughly republican reading of Machiavelli's notorious handbook for tyrants." --Mark Philp, Professor of History and Politics, Department of History, University of Warwick


"Erica Benner's Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading thoroughly lives up to its title. No other work before has so comprehensively interrogated the structure, rhetoric and sources of Machiavelli's infamous 'little book.' In particular, Benner draws upon the individual figures, classical and contemporary, invoked by the Florentine to shine new light on the ultimate purposes of Machiavelli's lessons. Moreover, Benner rigorously interrogates Machiavelli's use of irony to highlight his argumentative strategy in a novel way. Benner's work serves as a must-read during this 500th anniversary of the composition of Il Principe, and will continue to be required reading for many years to come." --John McCormick, Professor, Political Science Department, University of Chicago


"For Benner, Machiavelli's problematic passages have a purpose. They are the visible peaks of an iceberg of substantial ethical thought, intended to alert the reader to a thoroughgoing
moralizing irony that characterized all of Machiavelli's writing." -- William J. Connel, The Review of Politics


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