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British lecturer Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli? Public lecture by Quentin Skinner

Published on Feb 21, 2013
Professor Quentin Skinner delivered a public lecture at the University of York, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince.

Professor Skinner is the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.


Chapter 19 is the core of the book:  How to maintain your state; avoid being hated; be feared but not hated.  Possess "extraordinary virtu."

"Concerned with how you GET power (ch 1 - 11) and how you hold on to power.

"Only one way to maintain power:  by virtu."

Machiavelli and Humanism Robert Black, The Warburg Institute

Machiavelli and the Humanist Tradition

Published on Jul 4, 2013
Sound recording of a lecture delivered on 19 June 2013 at the Warburg Institute by Robert Black (Professor of Renaissance History, University of Leeds)

2006 Yale MOOC on Political Science - Machiavelli, Charles Smith, prof.

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

The lecture begins with an introduction of Machiavelli's life and the political scene in Renaissance Florence. Professor Smith asserts that Machiavelli can be credited as the founder of the modern state, having reconfigured elements from both the Christian empire and the Roman republic, creating therefore a new form of political organization that is distinctly his own. Machiavelli's state has universalist ambitions, just like its predecessors, but it has been liberated from Christian and classical conceptions of virtue. The management of affairs is left to the princes, a new kind of political leaders, endowed with ambition, love of glory, and even elements of prophetic authority.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Video of "The Third Man"
02:20 - Chapter 2. Introduction: Who Was Machiavelli?
15:33 - Chapter 3. "The Prince": Title and Dedication of the Book
21:52 - Chapter 4. The Distinction between Armed and Unarmed Prophets
26:10 - Chapter 5. Good and Evil, Virtue and Vice

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: 

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

Redeeming The Prince Maurizio Viroli (Harvard 2013)

Published on Dec 24, 2013

Maurizio Viroli, on his new book, Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece. Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Government at the University of Texas, formerly at Princeton. He is the author of several important books on Machiavelli: Machiavelli (1997); Niccolò's Smile (2002); The Meaning of Machiavelli (2009); Machiavelli's God (2010), as well as For Love of Country (1998).

Presented by The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard on November 7, 2013.