Machiavelli and the U.S. Midterm Elections

Another essay of mine, published by the wonderful online journal Merion West. This was a reflective piece on the recent U.S. midterm elections. In this essay, drawing on Niccolo Machiavelli's political outlook found in the Discourses on Livy, I argue that we should be celebrating the outcome of divided outcome and the prospects of political … Continue reading Machiavelli and the U.S. Midterm Elections

Leo Strauss: The Three Waves of Modernity

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was one of the most important historians of political philosophy in the 20th century.  A Jewish emigre to America in the 1930s, Strauss made his name as an exegete of the classics (Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides especially; Al-Farabi, Avicenna, and Maimonides among Arab-Islamic and Jewish medieval philosophers, and Sts. Augustine and Thomas … Continue reading Leo Strauss: The Three Waves of Modernity

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

In finishing the last chapters of Machiavelli’s most famous work, The Prince, we will tie up loose ends and come to an understanding of what Machiavelli was saying in his work and what Machiavelli was not saying in his work.  To review, up to this point Machiavelli’s Prince is about “practical advice” on new princes … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

As we continue examining Machiavelli’s The Prince, we turn to Chapters 10-19 which contains his most famous phrase of it is better to be feared than loved.  Well, Machiavelli didn’t exactly say those specific words in that order, but his recommendations to the Prince is that it is better to command fear than to be … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Machiavelli is one of the most important thinkers in the Western canon that has been identified with the shift away from the ancients and the movement toward modernity.  Most people will likely know Machiavelli for his work The Prince – irrespective if they have read the text.  That said, Machiavelli was a man of letters, … Continue reading Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I

Niccolo Machiavelli is a pivotal transitional figure in the history of Western philosophy and political thought.  His most famous work is The Prince, but his more important work in the Discourses on Livy.  Both are meant to be read together and together The Prince and Discourses are a full treatise on Machiavelli's theory of the … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I

Machiavelli and the Modern World

Machiavelli is generally seen as the first modern philosopher and political philosopher.  In his two famous works: The Prince and the Discourses on Livy, there are 14 uses of the word “Form” and 51 uses of the word “Matter.”  14 and 51 are numerological derivations of 7 and 17 respectively.  In Greek philosophical numerology, 7 … Continue reading Machiavelli and the Modern World