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Benner Machiavelli 3: ends and means, excessive empire, Greek themes

Replies to reviews of Erica Benner, Machiavelli’s Ethics Responses to specific points in reviews by Markus Fischer, Ethics; Vickie Sullivan, Journal of Church and State; Mikael Hörnqvist, Renaissance Studies; Victoria Kahn, TLS (1) Executing one’s own sons (ends and means) … Continue reading

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Benner Machiavelli 2: history of ideas

Replies to reviews of Erica Benner, Machiavelli’s Ethics Machiavelli in the history of ideas 1. Early defenders of Machiavelli. Several reviewers imply that my argument for an un-Machiavellian Machiavelli depends on comments by Rousseau, Harrington, Bacon and other early modern … Continue reading

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Benner Machiavelli 1: irony and esoteric writing

Replies to reviews of Erica Benner, Machiavelli’s Ethics In the interest of debate, here are a few responses to criticisms made in recent reviews of Machiavelli’s Ethics. I’ll start with the most general arguments and work towards more detailed points … Continue reading

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Best Sellers in Philosophy

Best Sellers in Philosophy October 2009 to date as identified by YBP Library Services Email Print | Reprint/License | Subscription | RSS | Share | | Jul 12, 2010 1) Machiavelli’s Ethics Benner, Erica Princeton University Press 2009. ISBN 0691141762 … Continue reading

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TLS Machiavelli review

Greeks in Florence by VICTORIA KAHN a review of Niccolò Capponi AN UNLIKELY PRINCE The life and times of Niccolò Machiavelli 336pp. Da Capo Press. £15.99 (US $26). 978 0 306 81756 4 Maurizio Viroli MACHIAVELLI’S GOD Translated by Antony … Continue reading

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(Machiavellian) Guidelines for scholarly reviews in the Real world

I’ve recently been asked to write a few book reviews. At first I thought I should keep myself honest by following the Guidelines for Charitable Reviewing set out here a few days ago. Then friends pointed out that those guidelines … Continue reading

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Dikaiosis’ Guidelines for Charitable scholarly reviews

I’ve recently been asked to write a few book reviews. While I agreed to do some, I did so with trepidation. One’s chances of writing fair, balanced reviews are best when two conditions hold: (A) When the reviewer doesn’t personally … Continue reading

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