Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (3):241 (2015)

How could he be understood?Today Machiavelli is read as the exemplar of modern political prudence. Robert Hariman argues that prudence in Machiavelli’s key text, The Prince, is equivalent to modern “Machiavellianism,” that is, a “prudence reduced to calculations of power”. Despite recent attempts to recover a “postmodern” prudence by emphasizing its utility in an increasingly complex world, The Prince remains tethered to a discourse of prudence that turns politics into realpolitik. But imagining The Prince as the source of modern political prudence relies on a narrow—indeed, prudent—reading of the text itself. This conception of The Prince stands in..
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