Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading

2014.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Erica Benner, Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading, Oxford University Press, 2013, lv + 343pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Erica Benner, Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading, Oxford University Press, 2013, lv + 343pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199653638. Reviewed by Ross J. Corbett, Northern Illinois University In this interpretation of The Prince, Erica Benner further advances the thesis of her previous book, Machiavelli's Ethics (Princeton University Press 2009), in favor of a Machiavelli who is a republican and (more surprisingly) an ethical thinker. She describes The Prince as a masterwork of ironic writing with a moral purpose. . . . Far from eroding ancient contrasts between good and evil, just and unjust, or tyranny and freedom, Machiavelli's book shows readers the dire consequences that ensue when our language and practices fail clearly to distinguish them. (xxi-xxii) The "Machiavellianism" that many take to be Machiavelli's advice and praise of nefarious leaders like Cesare Borgia is. . .

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