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The Machiavellian Legacy

Essays in Italian Political Thought


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Joseph V. Femia
    Pages 1-63
  3. Joseph V. Femia
    Pages 64-79
  4. Joseph V. Femia
    Pages 80-125
  5. Joseph V. Femia
    Pages 126-144
  6. Joseph V. Femia
    Pages 145-166
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 167-169

About this book


What do classical elitists like Pareto and Mosca have in common with Marxists like Labriola and Gramsci? In this collection of essays, Joseph Femia argues that all four thinkers are united by the 'worldly humanism' they inherited from Machiavelli. Their distinctively Italian hostility to the metaphysical abstractions of natural law and Christian theology accounted for similarities in their thought that are obscured by the familiar terminology of 'left' and 'right'. The collection includes critical essays on each of the four thinkers, as well as an introductory chapter on their links with Machiavelli.


law Machiavelli natural law Niccolò Machiavelli Political Thought

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiverpoolEngland

About the authors

JOSEPH V. FEMIA is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Liverpool.

Bibliographic information


'...senstive, scholarly and thought provoking.' - Richard Bellamy, Political Studies