20 March 2014
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, QMUL
Intricate Readings: Machiavelli, Aristotle, Aquinas by Professor Carlo Ginzburg, UCLA
Niccolò Machiavelli was, for many of his contemporaries, a puzzling figure. Notwithstanding his profound impact, he remains as enigmatic as ever. On the one hand, it seems difficult to reconcile the author of "The Prince" with the author of the "Discourses on Livy". On the other, Machiavelli's place the history of political thought is paradoxical - central and isolated at the same time. The lecture will address this issue obliquely, through a close-up on Machiavelli as a reader: a contextual, conjectural exercise.
A drinks reception will follow the lecture.