• Title English : The prince
• Author : Nicolas Machiavel (Author), Albert t’Serstevens (Translator)
• Pages : 120 Sheet
• Publisher : J’ai lu [ I read ] (August 31, 2016)
• Collection : Librio Philosophie
• ISBN-10: 2290134104
• ISBN-13: 978-2290134108
• Product Dimensions : 20,5 x 0,8 x 13 cm
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♦ Description : “Conquer the power? Nothing more simple, for those who favor Fortune and who agree to be creators of States. But to keep it, that requires virtus. For men must be led according to the necessity of an always uncertain political time. In The Prince, Nicolas Machiavel (1469-1527) exposes this art of governing by breaking the mirrors to the prince of medieval times. He wrote it in 1513, when the return of the Medici removed it from the republican commitment which was the passion of a life entirely turned towards political action. He writes it to ward off blows and understand his defeat. Not to dream of ideal cities, but to name with accuracy the reality of power, this skillful exercise of domination. Provocative, funny sometimes, but always surprising, The Prince was written in a state of emergency, the translation of Jacqueline Risset restores to his tongue his irresistible velocity. Because the Prince is right up to us. Whatever the preconceived idea that we make “Machiavellianism”, we always read it in the present. Also the comments proposed here Patrick Boucheron aim at the same time to resituate the text in its historical time of political uncertainty and to give it to read in its capacity of actualization. What is playing out? Nothing less than the idea of Renaissance. This illustrated edition attempts to reconstruct the visual culture of Machiavelli’s time. Painting, sculpture, architecture, but also more ordinary objects of the princely life, chosen and captioned by Antonella Fenech Kroke. Everything here contributes to show the brilliance of a moment when the prince lived as the creator of a state considered as a work of art.”
“Nicolas Machiavel (1469-1527) Italian politician and philosopher, he was one of the first theoreticians of the political action of the Renaissance. Niccolò Macchiavelli (Nicolas Machiavel), is an Italian Renaissance thinker, theoretician of politics, history and war who received a humanist education (Greek and especially Roman antiquity) and studied law.
His era is politically very troubled. Italy, rich but divided into small unstable states, is beset by foreign invasions. During the wars of Italy, from 1494 to 1527, the country continues to be invaded and pillaged by the French, the Spaniards, the Germans, the Swiss. Machiavelli dreams of a unified Italy in which peace and stability would be guaranteed by a strong state. This is what determines him to write “The Prince”, considered by Montaigne as “the bedside book of the great of his time”.
At the age of 29 (1498), Machiavelli was appointed Secretary of the Chancery of Florence and was entrusted with important and delicate political missions which he performed with efficiency and fidelity. In 1512, the fall of the Republic of Florence made him fall in disgrace. It was during the exile on his land that he wrote the great political works, “The Prince”, in 1513, “Discourse on the first decade of Livy” and “History of Florence” (1526).
Machiavelli wrote a comedy, “The Mandrake,” in 1518. In 1526, he took back some official duties, but soon fell back into disgrace and died at 58. He did not see the realization of his political dreams for Italy, nor the publication in 1532 of his work “The Prince”, which will circulate throughout Europe, although it was blacklisted in 1559, because of his clinical and lucid analysis of the mechanisms of power.
Machiavelli gave birth to several terms in French: “Machiavellism” and its derivatives, to qualify a cynical politician interpretation of the work of Machiavelli and “Machiavellian” for the concepts developed by Machiavelli in his work. But “The Prince”, this “breviary of the powerful”, has known a considerable critical fortune and to judge, it is important to refer to the analyzes of Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Diderot, Rousseau, Hegel or Gramsci, and closer from us, from Althusser, Leo Strauss or Claude Lefort.”