How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens

May 9, 2016
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Maurizio ViroliProfessor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University; Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Political Communication, University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano

Respondents: Paul O. CarreseProfessor of Political Science, U.S. Air Force AcademyGeorge KatebWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Princeton University

A Public Lecture and Discussion on Maurizio Viroli's How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Politics, Emeritus at Princeton University, Professor of Government at the University of Texas in Austin, and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. He is author of How To Choose A Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens (Princeton University Press, 2016). He has taught and conducted research at Cambridge University (Clare Hall), Georgetown University, the United Arab Emirates, Trento, Campobasso, Ferrara, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, the European University Institute of Firenze (Jean Monnet Fellow), the Collegio of Milano and the Scuola Superiore di Amministrazione dell’Interno. He has promoted and directed several projects on civic education in Italian schools. In particular, he has founded and is now the Director of a Masters program in Civic Education, established at Asti by Ethica Association. His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Jacques Rousseau, republican iconography, the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric, political communication, citizenship, and civic education. Among his publications are Jean Jacques Rousseau and the Well-Ordered Society (Cambridge University Press); From Politics to Reason of State: The Acquisition and Transformation of the Language of Politics - 1250-1600 (Cambridge University Press); For Love of Country: An Essay on Patriotism and Nationalism (Oxford University Press); Machiavelli (Oxford University Press); Machiavelli’s God (Princeton University Press); The Liberty of the Servants (Princeton University Press); As if God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy (Princeton University Press); and Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece (Princeton University Press). He also edited and wrote the Introduction of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, translation by Peter Bondanella (Oxford University Press). He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze.

Paul Carrese is Professor of Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, and co-founder and former director of its honors program.  He has been a research fellow at Harvard, a Fulbright Scholar at University of Delhi, and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  He is author of The Cloaking of Power: Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism (Chicago, 2003), and Democracy in Moderation: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Sustainable Liberalism (Cambridge, April 2016).  He has co-edited John Marshall’s The Life of George Washington: Special Edition (Liberty Fund, 2001); Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and the Spirit of Moderation (SUNY Press, forthcoming June 2016); and is currently editing American Grand Strategy: War, Justice, and Peace in American Political Thought (Johns Hopkins University Press, expected 2017). His occasional essays on American politics, foreign policy, and leadership have appeared in CommentaryThe American InterestThe Claremont Review of Books, and Public Discourse, and his co-authored essay on “America’s Machiavelli Problem: Restoring Prudent Leadership in U.S. Strategy” appeared in Strategic Studies Quarterly, Winter 2015.  He earned a Masters Degree in Politics and Philosophy and in Theology from Oxford University, and a PhD in Political Science from Boston College.

George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton University. He taught at Amherst College for thirty years before joining the faculty at Princeton in 1987.  An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. His published books include Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006), Human Dignity (2011), and most recently, Lincoln's Political Thought (2015). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as vice president of the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy and president of the New England Political Science Association. He is a recipient of the Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities from Princeton.  He earned his AB, AM and PhD at Columbia University.


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