Augustine, violence, and the novelty of Machiavelli
Machiavelli, despite his regular use of examples drawn from antiquity, consistently emphasizes the novelty of his approach to political philosophy. In The Prince, he is famously interested in, above all else, the problems faced by new princes. In his more explicitly republican work, The Discourses on Livy, Machiavelli points to the new modes and orders that his thinking will introduce. His insistence on his own novelty aside, what exactly can we say is new about Machiavelli?
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