History and Historiography

Harvey Mansfield on Niccolò Machiavelli and the Origins of Modernity

Two infamous figures discuss another infamous figure.

In the sixth conversation in our series with Harvey Mansfield, a discussion of the Florentine philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli. Click “Show more” to view all chapters. For more conversations, visit http://www.conversationswithbillkrist… Chapter 1 (00:1535:55): Machiavelli on politics and morality Chapter 2 (35:551:07:20): Machiavelli’s new philosophy In this conversation, Mansfield explains why we should consider Machiavelli not only the founder of modern politics but also a founder of modern science and economics. What was the character of Machiavelli’s critique of Christian morality? Why did he reject the political teaching of the ancient political philosophers like Plato and Aristotle? Harvey Mansfield addresses these and other questions in this provocative discussion of one of the most famous political thinkers of all time. Be sure to visit the page on Machiavelli on Great Thinkers http://thegreatthinkers.org/machiavelli

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