The Discourses

The Discourses

IDiscorsi non sono un trattato sistematico, ma un insieme di osservazioni che, in forma di libero commento ai primi dieci libri delle Storie di Livio, investono i grandi problemi connessi alla dinamica della vita storica e politica. Sono inoltre un’opera scritta con impareggiabile vigore di stile e segnata da una straordinaria capacità di analisi. Una lettura – qui presentata dall’approfondita introduzione di Gennaro Sasso e arricchita dall’esaustivo apparato di note di Giorgio Inglese – indispensabile a chi voglia penetrare nella sua autentica complessità il pensiero politico di Machiavelli, troppo spesso irrigidito in formule spregiudicate e semplicistiche.

Title:The Discourses
Edition Language:English
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    The Discourses Reviews

  • Teggan

    Yes, you had to read The Prince, because your professor had to fit something of Machiavelli's into the class, and so she chose the shortest of his works to keep the students bitching to a minimum. The...

  • 8314

    This might be the worst review I've ever written since half of it is going to be my libido talking.Niccol├▓ Machiavelli, the man made of androgen.Choosing the right terminology is a matter of life and...

  • Bertrand

    The common wisdom goes that Machiavelli's discourses present to the reader the author's republican side, whereas The Prince was more aimed at the 'godlike rulers' - indeed, under the cover of a commen...

  • Charles J

    Niccol├▓ Machiavelli is known today for two things: the adjective ÔÇťMachiavellian,ÔÇŁ and the book from which that adjective is derived, "The Prince," which provides advice for monarchs who accede to...

  • Ben

    I read this along with "The Prince" and (as can be deemed by my review of that work), it was certainly very interesting comparing Machiavelli's views in the two works. In "The Prince" (about contempor...

  • Emre Poyraz

    While Niccolo Machiavelli is famous for his "evil" book, the Prince, I believe this is his real masterpiece. In this book, he tries to identify what can be called the "macro" foundations of a well wor...

  • Andrew

    The Discourses by Niccolo Machiavelli is the famous political schemers treatise on Republican government compared to principality (or dictatorship). He is, of course, famous for his work "The Prince" ...

  • Falk

    In addition to the eminent and lucid introduction by Professor Mansfield, there are several other good reasons to choose his translation of the Discourses ÔÇô first of all I found it to have more clar...

  • Kerem

    Principality, Aristocracy, democracy... These "good" ways of government can easily turn into their relevant "bad" ways, tranny, oligarchy, anarchy. Machiavelli states this quite early in the book and ...

  • James

    Niccolo Machiavelli doesn't deserve his maligned reputation. I can say that after reading The Prince and now Discourses on Livy, a book he refers to in the introduction of The Prince. I can only assum...