Machiavelli in Context (Great Courses, #4311) (2020)

Machiavelli in Context (Great Courses, #4311) William R. Cook Machiavelli in Context Great Courses In the lectures that make up Machiavelli in Context Professor Cook offers the opportunity to meet an extraordinarily thoughtful and sincere student of history and its lessons and to learn that th
  • Title: Machiavelli in Context (Great Courses, #4311)
  • Author: William R. Cook
  • ISBN: 9781598031706
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Audio CD
Machiavelli in Context (Great Courses, #4311) William R. Cook In the 24 lectures that make up Machiavelli in Context, Professor Cook offers the opportunity to meet an extraordinarily thoughtful and sincere student of history and its lessons, and to learn that there is far to him than can be gleaned from any reading of The Prince, no matter how thorough.Although The Prince is the work by which most of us think we know MachiavelliIn the 24 lectures that make up Machiavelli in Context, Professor Cook offers the opportunity to meet an extraordinarily thoughtful and sincere student of history and its lessons, and to learn that there is far to him than can be gleaned from any reading of The Prince, no matter how thorough.Although The Prince is the work by which most of us think we know Machiavelli, and although some have indeed called it the first and most important book of political science ever written, it was not, according to Professor Cook, either Machiavelli s most important work or the one most representative of his beliefs Those distinctions belong, instead, to his Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy, a longer work started at about the same time and which would, like The Prince, not be published until well after his death Everyone who has seriously studied the works of Machiavelli agrees that he believed in the superiority of a republican form of government, defined as a mixed constitution with elements of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy Once we recover the context of the writing of The Prince, and analyze it along with the Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy, it will be clear how The Prince can be read as a book designed to guide leaders in the creation for Machiavelli, restoration of republican government in Italy Ultimately, Machiavelli s goal wasn t much different from ours It was to live in a free and equal participatory society, because he believed that was the greatest way in which human beings could live and flourish In fact, says Professor Cook, Machiavelli s republican thought influenced the development of institutions and values both in Europe and in America.
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  1. Gary

    I recently read a David Brooks column where he was comparing Machiavelli to the better parts of Ted Cruz It struck me as an incoherent column He clearly didn t understand who Machiavelli was beyond a comic book characterization, and I m still searching for anything good to say about Ted Cruz Anyways, it got me to thinking that I really didn t understand Machiavelli well enough to articulate my full disgust with that David Brooks column and that led me to this superb lecture and I m glad for this [...]

  2. John Doyle

    For many, the adjective Machiavellian conjures negative behavior patterns or even antisocial personality disorders i.e the ends justify the means This meaning of the word does a disservice to the sixteenth century Italian writer who said that an effective leader is one who knows how to use cruelty well In modern terms you might be a Machiavellian if you believe that order in society is better than chaos and that a forceful sometimes despotic leader is essential to curing chaos I couldn t help th [...]

  3. Chris Aldrich

    The title of this is in fact its overarching thesis, and such a good one at that Dr Cook does and excellent job doing an overview of Machiavelli s surrounding times and immediate history to frame as much of both him and his thought as possible in such a short span of time I had known that Machiavelli was maligned than he deserved, but didn t know just how much Cook provides some excellent topics for thought I m fascinated enough that I want to go back and read both Livy and The Discourses now.I [...]

  4. Melinda

    An incredibly excellent course VERY highly recommended.Students usually read Machiavelli s The Prince It is short, and easily taught in a one semester course Sadly, Machiavelli wrote a set of books, Discourses on the first 10 books of Livy s history of Rome, and also a set of books on the Florentine Histories These books are hardly ever taught and hardly ever read To read the Discourses, it is worthwhile to have read Livy s histories so you have to read alot before you really understand Machiave [...]

  5. Mark

    Was Machiavelli machiavellian After listening to this interesting Great Course, I found out that Niccolo Machiavelli was actually a pretty interesting political thinker and was not nearly as machiavellian as I had thought Professor William Cook narrates a fast paced and interesting series of lectures that cover Machiavelli s background, the history of Florence, Italy where he grew up, and three of the major works that Machiavelli wrote Cook starts with The Prince Lectures 5 11 which as all polit [...]

  6. Muneel Zaidi

    Machiavelli s impact on our society is easily recognizable the word Machiavellian is still in our dictionary But, the impact he made isn t the impact people think he made People think that Machiavelli s major contributions are phrases like The ends justify the means or It is better for leaders to be feared than loved However, these misquote, although not off base, do a disservice to the man many consider one of the first modern men These lectures do a great job of analyzing his writings The Prin [...]

  7. R. August

    Excellent overview Machiavelli, of particular interest to those who have only read The Prince, of which I m guilty, as Machiavelli ultimately wasn t Machiavellian tough luck becoming a byword for something you didn t actually support I was surprised that given his views on republicanism that The Prince as satire wasn t brought up since it would have fit in pretty well with the Machiavellian thought as a whole, though Cook was making a point that Machiavelli felt that the ideas in The Prince were [...]

  8. Tom

    Excellent summary and overview of the period and the writings Dr Cook was very enthusiastic about the material and easy to follow In aprallel with this course, I read The Pince, The Discourses on Livy, and The Florentine Histories While I think that Dr Cook did not cove some aspects ofinterpreting the writings in light of the 21st century, I do believe that he set the stage for people to work through that interpretation on their own.

  9. Mario Russo

    This course is one of the best in literary criticism Machiavelli from inside out It was a real pleasure to listen and the I get to know Machiavelli the I find it relevent today

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