350. The Sentence: Machiavelli on Republicanism

Posted on 31 May 2020

Peter celebrates reaching 350 episodes by explaining a single sentence in Machiavelli's "Discourses."

Further Reading

The sentence discussed in the episode:

“And they do not consider that in every republic there are two different humors, that of the people and that of the great, and that all the laws made in favor of liberty are born from their disunion, as we easily see to have happened in Rome (e' non considerino come e' sono in ogni republica due umori diversi, quello del popolo e quello de' grandi e come tutte le leggi che si fanno in favore della libertà, nascano dalla disunione loro, come facilmente si può vedere essere seguito in Roma)." - Discourses, I.4

• A.H. Gilbert (trans.), Niccolò Machiavelli: Chief Works and Others, 3 vols (Durham: 1965).


• C. Holman, Machiavelli and the Politics of Democratic Innovation (Toronto: 2018).

• M. Hörnqvist, Machiavelli and Empire (Cambridge: 2004).

• M. Hulliung, Citizen Machiavelli (Princeton: 1983).

• M. Jurdjevic, “Machiavelli’s Hybrid Republicanism,” English Historical Review 122, no.499 (2007), 1228-57.

• H. Mansfield, Machiavelli’s New Modes and Orders: A Study of the Discourses on Livy (Ithaca: 1979).

• J. McCormick, Machiavellian Democracy (Chicago: 2011).

• J.M. Najemy, “Baron’s Machiavelli and Renaissance Republicanism,” American Historical Review 101 (1996), 119-29.

• J.G.A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition (Princeton: 1975).

• Q. Skinner, “Machiavelli on the Maintenance of Liberty,” Politics 18 (1983), 3-15.


X 3 June 2020

Masterful! Brilliant! Looks like there's a whole lot more room on that pin head. 

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