▬▬ Machiavelli in Context ▬▬
AudioBook & Pdf
Author: The Great Courses
Narrated by : Professor William R. Cook
Lenght : 12h20
Publisher: The Great Courses
Release Date: 07.08.2013
Mention the name Niccolò Machiavelli and you might unleash a powerful response even among people who have never read a word of his writing. The word “Machiavellian” conjures up images of an indistinct figure quietly making his way through the darkest corridors of power; a cold-blooded political liar; or a coolly practical leader – amoral at best – willing to do whatever is necessary in a world governed not by ideas of right or wrong, but by solutions dictated by realpolitik.
⇛ An indistinct figure quietly making his way through the darkest corridors of power, hatching plots to play one rival against another
⇛ A cold-blooded political liar, ready to justify any duplicity undertaken in the name of a noble end that will ultimately justify the most malignant means
⇛ A coolly practical leader—amoral at best—willing to do whatever is necessary in a world governed not by ideas of right or wrong, but by solutions dictated by realpolitik.
But does the Machiavelli most of us think we know bear any resemblance to the Machiavelli who lived, pondered, and wrote?
According to Professor William R. Cook, a reading of Machiavelli that considers only those qualities that we today call "Machiavellian" is incomplete, and Machiavelli himself "certainly would not recognize" such sinister interpretations or caricatures of his writings and beliefs. Indeed, The Prince—on the pages of which so much of this image was built—was not even published in his lifetime.