Conference

28-29 May, 2011

 

Sheraton Commander Hotel,
Cambridge MA, USA

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Machiavelli is often called 'the father of modernity' because of his intention to ground politics in an account of human nature free from utopian normativism. This realist design was ill-favoured during religious and idealistic periods of history. Yet recent scholarship identified several thinkers who emulated Machiavelli despite their public denunciation of his politics and morals. The Network's principal objective is to establish whether these thinkers' works and writing strategies constitute a hitherto unidentified, distinct and coherent discourse. If so, then its examination will shed new light on the most fundamental shift in Western politics, from Christian idealism to modern realism, and on the perennial problem of political ethics.

  

Programme

 

Saturday, 28 May

 

08:00-08:45     Breakfast  
         
Session 1      Patriotism and anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism Comment
  Chair   Ioannis Evrigenis  
         
08:45-09:30 Alexander Schmidt   Amor Patriae and Ratio Status: the Morality of Patriotic Actions in Late-Humanist Political Thought Nederman
09:30-10:15 Béla Kapossy   Republican Peace: Machiavelli and Machiavellism in Swiss visions of Europe Schmidt
         
10:15-10:30    

Refreshments

 
         
Session 2      Science, rhetoric and anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism
  Chair   Mark Somos  

         
10:30-11:15 Ioannis Evrigenis   Pacis Studio: Civil Science as Reason of State in the Political Philosophy of Hobbes  Kahn
11:15-12:00 Cary J. Nederman   Machiavelli, the “Sciences” of Politics, and the Politics of Science Evrigenis
         
Session 3      Democracy and anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism  
  Chair   Paschalis M. Kitromilides  
         
12:00-12:45 Jason S. Maloy   Systemic Politics Against Individual Ethics: New Modes and Orders of Political Reasoning? Kapossy
         
12:45-14:15     Lunch  
         
14:15-15:00 Suvi Soininen   Machiavellism, the Emergence of Mass Democracy and the Treatise of Two Moralities Maloy
15:00-15:45 John P. McCormick   The People's Princes: Machiavelli, Leadership and Liberty Blom
         
15:45-16:00     Refreshments  
         
Session 4      Republicanism and anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism  
  Chair   Hans Blom  
         
16:00-16:45 Andreas Kalyvas   The Return of the Dictator: Machiavelli's neo-Classical Republicanism and the Problem of the Exception Sullivan
16:45-17:30 Vickie Sullivan   Machiavelli’s Argument for ‘Roman Greatness’ and Its Dominion over the English Republicans Somos
         
19:30      Dinner at Sandrine's
         

 

Sunday, 29 May

 

08:00-08:45     Breakfast  
         
Session 5      Religion and anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism  
  Chair   Paschalis M. Kitromilides  
         
08:45-09:30 Hans Blom   Conscience, Commerce, and the Dutch discourse on toleration, 1589-1670 Soininen
09:30-10:15 Mark Somos   Utilitarian, didactic, or predatory deceit in Moses, Mohammed and other Machiavellians: correlating AMM with secularisation through the hermeneutico-political function of the religious esoteric McCormick
         
10:15-10:30     Refreshments  
         
Session 6      Religion and Conclusion

 

  Chair   Vickie Sullivan  
         
10:30-11:15 Victoria Kahn   Political theology and Modernity: the Case of Machiavelli Kalyvas
11:15-12:00     Discussion  
         
12:30     Lunch at John Harvard's