How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?



 
 

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?

Lecture by Quentin Skinner, Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London

Given at the University of York, on February 12, 2013




How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?Professor Quentin Skinner gave a public lecture at the University of York, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Quentin Skinner is currently Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

He works on early-modern European intellectual history, with a particular interest in the rhetorical culture of the Renaissance and the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. He has also written about a number of philosophical questions, including the nature of interpretation and historical explanation, and about several issues in contemporary political theory, including the concept of political liberty and the character of the State.