Machiavelli a very short introduction quentin skinner on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it offering the first brief introduction to machiavellis thought to appear in twenty five years. Quentin skinner on machiavellis discourses and the prince machiavellis prince and the discourses hans baron ernst cassirer meaning and understanding in the history of ideas quentin skinner identifies a series of intellectual errors that he contends are commonplace within the history of ideas one of these fallacies or mythologies . Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it offering the first brief introduction to machiavellis thought to appear in twenty five years skinner focuses on his three major works the prince discourses and the history of florence quentin skinner is the regus professor of modern history . In this episode of the podcast philosophy bites quentin skinner discusses niccol machiavellis the prince one of the most notorious works of political philosophy skinner sets the book in its historical context and explains its key themes listen to quentin skinner on machiavellis the prince
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