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Machiavelli’s il Principe and the politics of glory

Machiavelli’s il Principe and the politics of glory
Machiavelli’s il Principe and the politics of glory
This article offers a reading of Machiavelli’s il Principe and its relationship to his Discorsi which defends, first, the coherence of Machiavelli’s appeal to the figure of the one-man ordinatore and, second, a republican interpretation of il Principe. Its particular focus is on the pivotal role played in Machiavelli’s text-act by ‘love of worldly glory’. It is argued, first, that it is through love of glory that Machiavelli can coherently aim to produce an effective one-man ordinatore and, second, that the political education that il Principe provides to this figure leads them ineluctably to the conclusion that lasting glory can only be achieved through the foundation of a republic.
machiavelli, prince, glory, love of glory, humanism, rhetoric, republic, virtù, christianity
1474-8851
41-60
Owen, David
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Owen, David
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Owen, David (2017) Machiavelli’s il Principe and the politics of glory. European Journal of Political Theory, 16 (1), 41-60. (doi:10.1177/1474885114567346).

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This article offers a reading of Machiavelli’s il Principe and its relationship to his Discorsi which defends, first, the coherence of Machiavelli’s appeal to the figure of the one-man ordinatore and, second, a republican interpretation of il Principe. Its particular focus is on the pivotal role played in Machiavelli’s text-act by ‘love of worldly glory’. It is argued, first, that it is through love of glory that Machiavelli can coherently aim to produce an effective one-man ordinatore and, second, that the political education that il Principe provides to this figure leads them ineluctably to the conclusion that lasting glory can only be achieved through the foundation of a republic.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 18 January 2015
Published date: 1 January 2017
Keywords: machiavelli, prince, glory, love of glory, humanism, rhetoric, republic, virtù, christianity
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 374865
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374865
ISSN: 1474-8851
PURE UUID: 3ebaffe6-171b-4722-8344-3a9f91d07d23
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 04 Mar 2015 15:11
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 02:49

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