Machiavelli's influence on modern politics and the importance of his thought for the development of modern political ideas has long been universally acknowledged. The Prince has become a key text in Philosophy and Political Theory, one that is widely read and studied. Machiavelli's most important work is a hugely exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing.
In Machiavelli's 'The Prince': A Reader's Guide, Miguel Vatter offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. Setting Machiavelli's text in its historical and philosophical context, the book offers a detailed review of the key themes (epistemological, social, ethical and theological-political) and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Machiavelli's work. This is the ideal companion to study this most influential of texts.
Miguel Vatter is Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has written extensively on Machiavelli, republicanism, biopolitics, and political theology.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations to the Works of Machiavelli 1. Context: The Renaissance and the Machiavellian "Moment" 2. Overview: The Prince as a Work of Rhetoric and of Philosophy 3. The Seduction of a Prince: Dedication. 4. Acquiring State: chapters 1-6. 5. Securing Society: chapters 7-10. 6. Arming the People: chapters 11-14. 7. The New Prince Goes through the Looking Glass: chapters 15-23. 8. Disarming Fortune and the Arming of Heaven: chapters 24-26. 9. Reception and Influence Notes Notes for Further Reading Selective Bibliography Index