Machiavelli and a Sixteenth Century Republican Theory of Liberty

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dc.contributor.authorDumais, Charles
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-21T12:52:28Z
dc.date.available2012-09-21T12:52:28Z
dc.date.created2012
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/23304
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6041
dc.description.abstractIn the following thesis, I argue that to contextualize Machiavelli’s republican thought in his Italian humanist heritage permits us to understand how Machiavelli reaches back not only to an Italian pre-humanist inheritance of liberty as freedom from servitude, but to a Stoic conception of agency which he inherits and shapes in that concept of liberty. While my analysis of Machiavelli and his humanist heritage is in fundamental agreement with that of Quentin Skinner in The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, it develops however the implications of two theses that Paul O. Kristeller outlines in his works on Italian humanism: the eclectic nature of humanist ideas and their rhetorical focus. From this I draw a slightly different picture of the humanist heritage and its polemics with Augustine, and from these an understanding about Stoic agency and how it is inherited and shaped in Machiavelli’s conception of the citizen and civic duties.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectDumais
dc.subjectMachiavelli
dc.subjectStoics
dc.subjectStoicism
dc.subjectItalian Humanism
dc.subjectSkinner
dc.subjectKristeller
dc.subjectRepublicanism
dc.subjectNeo-Roman Liberty
dc.subjectAgency
dc.subjectRenaissance Republicanism
dc.subjectMedieval Republicanism
dc.titleMachiavelli and a Sixteenth Century Republican Theory of Liberty
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentÉtudes politiques / Political Studies
dc.contributor.supervisorMoggach, Douglas
dc.embargo.termsimmediate
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineSciences sociales / Social Sciences
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineSciences sociales / Social Sciences
uottawa.departmentÉtudes politiques / Political Studies
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

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