Leader: Dr. John Peterson
Course Dates: June 27 - July 15
Course Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (AZ), 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)
“We shall not shock anyone, we shall merely expose ourselves to good-natured or at any rate harmless ridicule, if we profess ourselves inclined to the old-fashioned and simple opinion according to which Machiavelli was a teacher of evil.” Thus begins Leo Strauss’s famous study, Thoughts on Machiavelli, and thus most of us begin in our study of this thinker. To think him evil is to take him seriously; to take him as a mere satirist or political scientist is to deny the moral character of his teaching. No one became the founder of the modern world by being a mere satirist or political scientist, and the poet, diplomat, historian, and political philosopher Nicolò Machiavelli was no satirist or political scientist. We will read his most famous work, The Prince, in its entirety, along with selections from his most substantive writing, Discourses on Livy and a short selection from his Florentine Histories.
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