Machiavelli in Love : The Modern Politics of Love and Fear
Haig Patapan argues that at the heart of 'modernity' is a new view of love that accounts for important aspects of modern politics and philosophy, including its conception of power, constitutionalism, and beauty. By examining Machiavelli's epistolary, poetical, and political works, Machiavelli in Love reveals his understanding of love and its theoretical foundations for a modern politics founded on fear.
- Paperback | 182 pages
- 152.4 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
- 30 Dec 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Haig Patapan nicely situates Machiavelli in conversation with ancient and Christian philosophy and with later modern philosophers. His analyses of Machiavelli's letters, plays, and poems are fresh and insightful. By approachingThe Prince through the lens of Machiavelli in love, the author does manage to shed new light even on that much written-about text. -- Diana Schaub, Loyola College in Maryland This is an indispensable book on an often neglected side of Machiavelli's project. Patapan brings out the new understanding of love as a mania without end or higher inclination, the primacy of fear, and the subtle elaborations in letters and literary writings as well as in Prince and Discourses. An elegant book filled with learning and wisdom. -- Robert Faulkner, Boston College
About Haig Patapan
Haig Patapan is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbain, Australia.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Nets of Gold Chapter 2 Art of Love Chapter 3 Prince of Love Chapter 4 Friends and Enemies Chapter 5 Machiavelli in Love