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Viroli, Maurizio

Works: 120 works in 593 publications in 10 languages and 15,734 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Utopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Manuscripts  Sources  Comic books, strips, etc  Comics (Graphic works)  Software 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: JC143, 320.1
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Most widely held works about Maurizio Viroli
Most widely held works by Maurizio Viroli
Machiavelli's God by Maurizio Viroli( )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The liberty of servants : Berlusconi's Italy by Maurizio Viroli( )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italy is a country of free political institutions, yet it has become a nation of servile courtesans, with Silvio Berlusconi as their prince. This is the controversial argument that Italian political philosopher and noted Machiavelli biographer Maurizio Viroli puts forward in The Liberty of Servants. Drawing upon the classical republican conception of liberty, Viroli shows that a people can be unfree even though they are not oppressed. This condition of unfreedom arises as a consequence of being subject to the arbitrary or enormous power of men like Berlusconi, who presides over Italy with his control of government and the media, immense wealth, and infamous lack of self-restraint. Challenging our most cherished notions about liberty, Viroli argues that even if a power like Berlusconi's has been established in the most legitimate manner and people are not denied their basic rights, the mere existence of such power makes those subject to it unfree. Most Italians, following the lead of their elites, lack the minimal moral qualities of free people, such as respect for the Constitution, the willingness to obey laws, and the readiness to discharge civic duties. As Viroli demonstrates, they exhibit instead the characteristics of servility, including flattery, blind devotion to powerful men, an inclination to lie, obsession with appearances, imitation, buffoonery, acquiescence, and docility. Accompanying these traits is a marked arrogance that is apparent among not only politicians but also ordinary citizens
Machiavelli by Maurizio Viroli( )

36 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. Viroli challenges the accepted interpretations of Machiavelli's work, insisting that his republicanism was based not on a commitment to virtue, greatness, and expansion, but to the ideal of civic life protected by the shield of fair laws. His detailed study of how Machiavelli composed The Prince offers a number of new interpretations and he further contends that the most challenging--and underestimated--aspect of Machiavelli's thought is his philosophy of life, in particular his conceptions of love, women, irony, God, and the human condition. -- Publisher description
For love of country : an essay on patriotism and nationalism by Maurizio Viroli( )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 1,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nationalism and patriotism are two of the most powerful forces shaping world history. Maurizio Viroli's wide-ranging study shows exactly why patriotism is a political virtue and nationalism a political vice
As if God existed : religion and liberty in the history of Italy by Maurizio Viroli( )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies: if religion has a natural ally, it is authoritarianism--not republicanism or democracy. But in this book, Maurizio Viroli, a leading historian of republican political thought, challenges this conventional wisdom. He argues that political emancipation and the defense of political liberty have always required the self-sacrifice of people with religious sentiments and a religious devotion to liberty. This is particularly the case when liberty is threatened by authoritarianism: the staunchest defenders of liberty are those who feel a deeply religious commitment to it. Viroli makes his case by reconstructing, for the first time, the history of the Italian 'religion of liberty, ' covering its entire span but focusing on three key examples of political emancipation: the free republics of the late Middle Ages, the Risorgimento of the nineteenth century, and the antifascist Resistenza of the twentieth century. In each example, Viroli shows, a religious spirit that regarded moral and political liberty as the highest goods of human life was fundamental to establishing and preserving liberty. He also shows that when this religious sentiment has been corrupted or suffocated, Italians have lost their liberty. This book makes a powerful and provocative contribution to today's debates about the compatibility of religion and republicanism"--Provided by publisher
Niccolò's smile : a biography of Machiavelli by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Niccolo's Smile, Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer who was the founder of modern political thought. Niccolo Machiavelli's works on the theory and practice of statecraft are classics, but Viroli suggests that his greatest accomplishment is his robust philosophy of life - his deep beliefs about how one should conduct oneself as a modern citizen in a republic, as a responsible family member, as a good person. On these subjects Machiavelli wrote no books; the text of his philosophy is his life itself, a life that was filled with paradox, uncertainty, and tragic drama."--Jacket
Redeeming "The prince" : the meaning of Machiavelli's masterpiece by Maurizio Viroli( )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Redeeming "The Prince," one of the world's leading Machiavelli scholars puts forth a startling new interpretation of arguably the most influential but widely misunderstood book in the Western political tradition. Overturning popular misconceptions and challenging scholarly consensus, Maurizio Viroli also provides a fresh introduction to the work. Seen from this original perspective, five centuries after its composition, The Prince offers new insights into the nature and possibilities of political liberation. Rather than a bible of unscrupulous politics, The Prince, Viroli argues, is actually about political redemption--a book motivated by Machiavelli's patriotic desire to see a new founding for Italy. Written in the form of an oration, following the rules of classical rhetoric, the book condenses its main message in the final section, "Exhortation to liberate Italy from the Barbarians." There Machiavelli creates the myth of a redeemer, an ideal ruler who ushers in an era of peace, freedom, and unity. Contrary to scholars who maintain that the exhortation was added later, Viroli proves that Machiavelli composed it along with the rest of the text, completing the whole by December 1513 or early 1514. Only if we read The Prince as a theory of political redemption, Viroli contends, can we at last understand, and properly evaluate, the book's most controversial pages on political morality, as well as put to rest the cliché of Machiavelli as a "Machiavellian."Bold, clear, and provocative, Redeeming "The Prince" should permanently change how Machiavelli and his masterpiece are understood"--
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the "well-ordered society" by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

41 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book studies a central but hitherto neglected aspect of Rousseau's political thought: the concept of social order and its implications for the ideal society which he envisages. The antithesis between order and disorder is a fundamental theme in Rousseau's work, and the author takes it as the basis for this study. In contrast with a widely held interpretation of Rousseau's philosophy, the author argues that natural and political order are by no means the same for Rousseau. He explores the differences and interrelations between the different types of order which Rousseau describes, and shows how the philosopher constructed his final doctrine of the just society, which can be based only on every citizen's voluntary and knowing acceptance of the social contract and on the promotion of virtue above ambition. The author also shows the extent of Rousseau's debt to the republican tradition, and above all to Machiavelli, and revises the image of Rousseau as a disciple of the natural-law school
Machiavelli and republicanism( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now in paperback, this highly acclaimed volume brings together some of the world's foremost historians of ideas to consider Machiavelli's political thought in the larger context of the European republican tradition, and the image of Machiavelli held by other republicans. An international team of scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (notably law, philosophy, history and the history of political thought) explore both the immediate Florentine context in which Machiavelli wrote, and the republican legacy to which he contributed
From politics to reason of state : the acquisition and transformation of the language of politics, 1250-1600 by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

36 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, the language of politics underwent a radical transformation. The author argues that this transformation amounted to a 'revolution of politics', global in scope, and wide-ranging in its intellectual and moral implications. Not only did the meaning and the range of application of the concept of politics change, but also the status of political science, the role of political education, and the value of political liberty. For three centuries politics had enjoyed the status of the noblest human science, but emerged from the revolution as an ignoble, sordid and depraved activity. It was no longer the means of fighting corruption, but the means of perpetuating it. This 'revolution of politics' has received little attention, despite its importance. This study fills a gap in the history of political thought, and attempts to return to a conception of politics as an activity worth committing ourselves to
The quotable Machiavelli by Niccolò Machiavelli( )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) is the father of modern political thought, but he is also one of the greatest writers of the Renaissance and his wisdom and style extend far beyond politics to encompass a compelling philosophy of life as well. In The Quotable Machiavelli, Maurizio Viroli, one of the world's leading Machiavelli scholars, offers a rich collection of the Florentine's most memorable words on a wide range of subjects, including politics, the human condition, religion, love and happiness, antiquity and history, patriotism, and virtue. Drawing on Machiavelli's entire body of writings, and including little-known quotations as well as famous passages, the book shows the full scope of his thought, one that powerfully belies the false cliche that he was a Machiavellian cynic. In addition to Machiavelli's own words on dozens of subjects of perennial interest, the book includes some almost unknown texts in which his contemporaries describe him. Complete with a biographical introduction, the book serves not only as a handy reference but also as a smart and lively introduction to a masterly thinker and writer." -- Provided by publisher
Republicanism by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"But Republicanism is much more than a historical survey, for Viroli is also calling for a contemporary renewal of classical republicanism. While present-day liberal democracy emphasizes citizens' natural, inalienable rights and their freedom from interference, classical republicanism emphasizes an equally administered rule of law as a guarantee of freedom from arbitrary coercion. Republicanism argues that the latter definition of liberty in a free republic is both philosophically and practically superior, especially in our current climate of apathy and cynicism toward politics and government
How to choose a leader : Machiavelli's advice to citizens by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the greatest political advisers of all time, Niccolò Machiavelli thought long and hard about how citizens could identify great leaders--ones capable of defending and enhancing the liberty, honor, and prosperity of their countries. Drawing on the full range of the Florentine's writings, acclaimed Machiavelli biographer Maurizio Viroli gathers and interprets Machiavelli's timeless wisdom about choosing leaders. The brief and engaging result is a new kind of Prince--one addressed to citizens rather than rulers and designed to make you a better voter. Demolishing popular misconceptions that Machiavelli is a cynical realist, the book shows that he believes republics can't survive, let alone thrive, without leaders who are virtuous as well as effective. Among much other valuable advice, Machiavelli says that voters should pick leaders who put the common good above narrower interests and who make fighting corruption a priority, and he explains why the best way to recognize true leaders is to carefully examine their past actions and words. On display throughout are the special insights that Machiavelli gained from long, direct knowledge of real political life, the study of history, and reflection on the great political thinkers of antiquity. Recognizing the difference between great and mediocre political leaders is difficult but not at all impossible--with Machiavelli's help. So do your country a favor. Read this book, then vote like Machiavelli would"--
Il sorriso di Niccolò : storia di Machiavelli by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attraverso l'intreccio delle alterne vicende personali di Niccolò Machiavelli con la storia del suo tempo, Maurizio Viroli restituisce al lettore un'immagine inedita, complessa e inquieta dell'autore del Principe. Gli incontri con i potenti, le amicizie e gli amori, i viaggi, i successi e le sconfitte - ricostruiti anche attraverso gli studi più recenti - gettano luce sulla Firenze dei Medici, sul gioco politico degli Stati italiani del Cinquecento e sui profondi mutamenti dell'Europa all'inizio dell'età moderna. Un sorriso enigmatico "che non passa drento" accompagna sempre Machiavelli, da quando giovanissimo ascolta le prediche del "profeta disarmato" Savonarola e assiste alla cacciata dei Medici da Firenze, a quando diventa integerrimo e raffinato Segretario della Repubblica di Soderini. Quel sorriso che non si spegne né a seguito del ritorno al potere dei Medici, che destituiscono Machiavelli da ogni incarico pubblico e lo rinchiudono nelle carceri del Bargello, né quando, dopo aver quasi perso la vita, si ritira nelle campagne fiorentine e si dedica alla scrittura dei suoi capolavori della politica. I suoi consigli restano inascoltati e, ironia della sorte, la morte lo coglie mentre gli eserciti stranieri saccheggiano quella patria che ha amato più dell'anima. "Il sorriso di Niccolò" si rivela un gioco di specchi capace di illuminare, machiavellianamente, anche il nostro presente
Dialogo intorno alla repubblica by Norberto Bobbio( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Per amore della patria : patriottismo e nazionalismo nella storia by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in Italian and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Come se Dio ci fosse : religione e libertà nella storia d'Italia by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Italian and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La libertà italiana, nelle repubbliche del tardo Medio Evo, nel Risorgimento e nella lotta antifascista, è stata opera di uomini e donne religiosi. Molti di loro avevano una sincera fede cristiana, spesso lontana o in aperto contrasto con l'insegnamento della Chiesa cattolica. Altri non credevano in alcuna religione rivelata, ma furono credenti, apostoli e talora martiri di altre religioni, che essi chiamarono "religione del dovere" o "religione della libertà". Gli uni e gli altri furono persone religiose perché vissero la vita come missione, vale a dire come dedizione a un ideale morale: l'ideale della libertà, il chierico obietterà che vera religione è soltanto quella che afferma, sulla base di una rivelazione, l'esistenza di un Dio trascendente. Qualche laico protesterà che non c'è bisogno di chiamare "religione" la devozione a un ideale morale. Alla critica del chierico è facile rispondere che il suo argomento è arrogante e irrilevante: arrogante perché pretende di dire a chi ha vissuto per la religione del dovere o per la religione della libertà che la sua non è vera religione; irrilevante perché la sua protesta non cambia il dato storico che ci furono in Italia uomini e donne che vissero secondo quelle religioni che egli considera non vere. Analoga risposta vale per il laico poco avveduto: è un fatto storico che ci furono persone che si sentirono religiose perché vissero con devozione assoluta l'ideale morale della libertà
La redenzione dell'Italia : saggio sul Principe di Machiavelli by Maurizio Viroli( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in Italian and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niccolò Machiavelli ha scritto il Principe per disegnare, invocare e formare un redentore politico in grado, con l'aiuto di Dio, con la forza della profezia e quella delle armi, di liberare l'Italia dal dominio straniero. La sua opera più famosa, di cui ricorre quest'anno il cinquecentesimo anniversario della composizione, non contraddice affatto le idee repubblicane di Machiavelli ma ne costituisce la necessaria integrazione. Non è neppure, come molti autorevoli studiosi hanno ritenuto, il manifesto del realismo, né il testo che inaugura la moderna scienza della politica, né quello che proclama la dottrina dell'autonomia della politica dall'etica. È, invece, una splendida orazione sulla redenzione dell'Italia, scritta da un uomo che sapeva trovare la sua rinascita spirituale nel pensiero delle 'grandi cose'. Questo è il significato del Principe, e in questo sta la sua attualità. Quando nessuno lo leggerà più, vorrà dire che è morta l'aspirazione alla grande politica che sa redimere i popoli, e che ci siamo rassegnati alla penosa politica dei mediocri politici
The prince and the discourses by Niccolò Machiavelli( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based upon Machiavelli's first-hand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyses the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. This fluent new translation is accompanied by comprehensive notes and an introduction that dispels some of the myths associated with Machiavelli, and considers the true purpose of The Prince. - ;'A prince must not have any other object nor any other thought ... but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.'. When Machiavelli's b
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For love of country : an essay on patriotism and nationalism
MachiavelliFor love of country : an essay on patriotism and nationalismNiccolò's smile : a biography of MachiavelliJean-Jacques Rousseau and the "well-ordered society"Machiavelli and republicanismFrom politics to reason of state : the acquisition and transformation of the language of politics, 1250-1600RepublicanismDialogo intorno alla repubblicaThe prince and the discourses
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Maurizio Viroli accademico, saggista e filosofo italiano

Maurizio Viroli Italiaans essayist

Maurizio Viroli Italian essayist and philosopher

Viroli, Maurizio 1952-

비롤리, 모리치오 1952-

ヴィローリ, マウリツィオ

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