John P. McCormick on “The Ambiguities of Machiavellian Virtue”

Thursday, November 29, 2012  4:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


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In 1512 Giovanni de’ Medici reconquered the republic of Florence after the Medici lost control of the city in 1494. Niccolò Machiavelli, who served the republic as Secretary to the Second Chancery, was deprived of office by the Medici and accused of conspiracy, arrested, and imprisoned for a time. Released from jail, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to study. In his exile in 1513 he wrote Il Principe, which was published in 1532. John McCormick’s lecture will open the celebrations on the quincentennial of The Prince at Columbia University.

Benedetto Fontana will respond, and Nadia Urbinati will chair.


  • Featured Speaker

    John P.  McCormick

    Professor of Political Science

    University of Chicago

  • Respondent

    Benedetto Fontana

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Baruch College

  • Chair

    Nadia Urbinati

    Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies

    Columbia University


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