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Virtue politics : soulcraft and statecraft in Renaissance Italy, James Hankins

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Virtue politics : soulcraft and statecraft in Renaissance Italy
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Virtue politics
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soulcraft and statecraft in Renaissance Italy
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James Hankins
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"Convulsed by a civilizational crisis, the great thinkers of the Renaissance set out to reconceive the nature of society. Everywhere they saw problems. Corrupt and reckless tyrants sowing discord and ruling through fear; elites who prized wealth and status over the common good; military leaders waging endless wars. Their solution was at once simple and radical. "Men, not walls, make a city," as Thucydides so memorably said. They would rebuild their city, and their civilization, by transforming the moral character of its citizens. Soulcraft, they believed, was a precondition of successful statecraft. A dazzlingly ambitious reappraisal of Renaissance political thought by one of our generation's foremost intellectual historians, Virtue Politics challenges the traditional narrative that looks to the Renaissance as the seedbed of modern republicanism and sees Machiavelli as its exemplary thinker. James Hankins reveals that what most concerned the humanists was not reforming laws or institutions so much as shaping citizens. If character mattered more than constitutions, it would have to be nurtured through a new program of education they called the studia humanitatis: the humanities. We owe liberal arts education and much else besides to the bold experiment of these passionate and principled thinkers. The questions they asked-Should a good man serve a corrupt regime? What virtues are necessary in a leader? What is the source of political legitimacy? Is wealth concentration detrimental to social cohesion? Should citizens be expected to fight for their country?-would have a profound impact on later debates about good government and seem as vital today as they did then"--
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  • Social ethics
  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • Ethics, Renaissance
  • Common good
  • Virtue
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Virtue politics : soulcraft and statecraft in Renaissance Italy, James Hankins
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A civilization in crisis: a new "paideuma" and the birth of the humanities -- the causes of the crisis -- the reform of Christian culture -- the humanist movement takes shape -- Virtue politics: obedience and legitimacy -- virtue politics -- classical sources of virtue politics -- how not to reform a republic -- eloquence and the "virtuous environment" -- a new way of thinking about politics -- What was a republic in the Renaissance?: the Renaissance concept of the state -- what is the meaning of respublica in the Italian Renaissance? -- Respublica Romana -- respublica in medieval scholasticism -- Leonardo Bruni and respublica in the fifteenth century -- respublica: an idealization of ancient government -- is civic humanism found only in non-monarchical republics? -- Taming the tyrant: tyranny in Greek philosophy -- Cicero's understanding of Caesar's tyranny as violation of ius -- Bartolus of Sassoferrato and Baldo degli Ubaldi -- Petrarch on living with tyrants -- was Caesar a tyrant? Petrarch, Salutati, Guarino, Poggio -- Poggio on tyranny and the "problem of counsel" -- Pier Candido Decembrio on the virtues of a tyrant -- the recovery of ancient Greek sources on tyranny -- The triumph of virtue -- Petrarch's political thought: Petrarch's politics of virtue -- Cola di Rienzo: populism and its limits -- Petrarch's new realism -- Should a good man participate in a corrupt government?: Petrarch on the solitary life -- the De vita solitaria: an ideal of private life for literary men -- the defense of private life -- Seneca versus Augustine: political obligation and political autonomy -- Boccaccio on the perils of wealth and status: Boccaccio's political experience -- the need to reform the materia prima of politics: human nature -- virtue, education, and tyranny -- Boccaccio and the humanist debate about private wealth and economic injustice -- Boccaccio and virtue politics -- Leonardo Bruni and the virtuous hegemon: why Florence deserves to be the heir of Rome: the Panegyric of the city of Florence -- political liberty as a source of virtue -- the Etruscan model: leadership in a federal republic -- Dante and Bruni on the legitimation of empire -- War and military service in the virtuous republic: late medieval civic knighthood and the context of Leonardo Bruni's De militia -- excursus: the humanists and partisan politics -- Bruni's De militia: a new interpretation -- excursus on the "virtuous environment": Donatello and the representation of classical military virtue -- do humanist teachings on warfare anticipate Machiavelli? -- virtue in military life -- Roberto Valturio on the education of soldiers -- A mirror for statesmen: Leonardo Bruni's history of the Florentine people -- history as political theory -- virtue in the service of the republic's glory -- the primacy of the popolo and the suppression of factions -- moderation in politics as the key to social concord -- Biondo Flavio: what made the Romans great: the roma Triumphans and the revival of Roman civilization -- what was the Respublica Romana for Biondo? -- Biondo's virtue politics, republicanism, and the greatness of Rome -- a cosmopolitan papalist -- Cyriac of Ancona on democracy and empire: a short history of the term democratia -- Cyriac of Ancona's attempted rehabilitation of the term democratia -- Cyriac the Caesarian -- Leon Battista Alberti on corrupt princes and virtuous oligarchs: why virtue is incompatible with court life -- who should constitute the political elite? -- The De iciarchia and the regime of virtuous "house-princes" -- George of Trebizond on cosmopolitanism and liberty: George's attack on nativism and defense of cosmopolitanism -- a Renaissance libertarian? -- Francesco Filelfo and the Spartan Republic: Filelfo and the recovery of the Spartan tradition -- Filelfo and humanist adaptations of the myth of Sparta -- Greek constitutional theory in the quattrocento: the "second wave" of Greek constitutional theory -- legitimation and the republican regime -- Francesco Patrizi on republican constitutions -- delegitimation: Bruni and the chivalric ideal -- substitution: platonizing Venice's constitution -- Mario Salamonio compares Florence to Athens -- Francesco Patrizi and humanist absolutism: the recovery of ancient Greek monarchical theory -- Patrizi and his project in the De regno -- virtuous royal legitimacy and humanist absolutism -- the argument for monarchy -- can monarchical power be virtuous? -- how the king may become virtuous -- Machiavelli: reviving the military republic: the calamità d'Italia -- Machiavelli and humanist literary culture -- Machiavelli's political education and the art of war -- why princes and republics should follow the ancient way of warfare -- Machiavelli: from virtue to virtù: Machiavelli's Prince and renaissance concepts of tyranny -- the Machiavellian revolution in political thought -- Machiavelli's virtù -- Two cures for hyperpartisanship: Bruni versus Machiavelli: two competing narratives of Florentine history -- the ordinances of justice -- Walter of Brienne and the instability of tyranny -- the restoration of popular institutions in 1343 -- two cures for hyperpartisanship -- Conclusion: Ex Oriente Lux
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on1089961566
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 736 pages
Isbn
9780674237551
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1089961566
Label
Virtue politics : soulcraft and statecraft in Renaissance Italy, James Hankins
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 651-697) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A civilization in crisis: a new "paideuma" and the birth of the humanities -- the causes of the crisis -- the reform of Christian culture -- the humanist movement takes shape -- Virtue politics: obedience and legitimacy -- virtue politics -- classical sources of virtue politics -- how not to reform a republic -- eloquence and the "virtuous environment" -- a new way of thinking about politics -- What was a republic in the Renaissance?: the Renaissance concept of the state -- what is the meaning of respublica in the Italian Renaissance? -- Respublica Romana -- respublica in medieval scholasticism -- Leonardo Bruni and respublica in the fifteenth century -- respublica: an idealization of ancient government -- is civic humanism found only in non-monarchical republics? -- Taming the tyrant: tyranny in Greek philosophy -- Cicero's understanding of Caesar's tyranny as violation of ius -- Bartolus of Sassoferrato and Baldo degli Ubaldi -- Petrarch on living with tyrants -- was Caesar a tyrant? Petrarch, Salutati, Guarino, Poggio -- Poggio on tyranny and the "problem of counsel" -- Pier Candido Decembrio on the virtues of a tyrant -- the recovery of ancient Greek sources on tyranny -- The triumph of virtue -- Petrarch's political thought: Petrarch's politics of virtue -- Cola di Rienzo: populism and its limits -- Petrarch's new realism -- Should a good man participate in a corrupt government?: Petrarch on the solitary life -- the De vita solitaria: an ideal of private life for literary men -- the defense of private life -- Seneca versus Augustine: political obligation and political autonomy -- Boccaccio on the perils of wealth and status: Boccaccio's political experience -- the need to reform the materia prima of politics: human nature -- virtue, education, and tyranny -- Boccaccio and the humanist debate about private wealth and economic injustice -- Boccaccio and virtue politics -- Leonardo Bruni and the virtuous hegemon: why Florence deserves to be the heir of Rome: the Panegyric of the city of Florence -- political liberty as a source of virtue -- the Etruscan model: leadership in a federal republic -- Dante and Bruni on the legitimation of empire -- War and military service in the virtuous republic: late medieval civic knighthood and the context of Leonardo Bruni's De militia -- excursus: the humanists and partisan politics -- Bruni's De militia: a new interpretation -- excursus on the "virtuous environment": Donatello and the representation of classical military virtue -- do humanist teachings on warfare anticipate Machiavelli? -- virtue in military life -- Roberto Valturio on the education of soldiers -- A mirror for statesmen: Leonardo Bruni's history of the Florentine people -- history as political theory -- virtue in the service of the republic's glory -- the primacy of the popolo and the suppression of factions -- moderation in politics as the key to social concord -- Biondo Flavio: what made the Romans great: the roma Triumphans and the revival of Roman civilization -- what was the Respublica Romana for Biondo? -- Biondo's virtue politics, republicanism, and the greatness of Rome -- a cosmopolitan papalist -- Cyriac of Ancona on democracy and empire: a short history of the term democratia -- Cyriac of Ancona's attempted rehabilitation of the term democratia -- Cyriac the Caesarian -- Leon Battista Alberti on corrupt princes and virtuous oligarchs: why virtue is incompatible with court life -- who should constitute the political elite? -- The De iciarchia and the regime of virtuous "house-princes" -- George of Trebizond on cosmopolitanism and liberty: George's attack on nativism and defense of cosmopolitanism -- a Renaissance libertarian? -- Francesco Filelfo and the Spartan Republic: Filelfo and the recovery of the Spartan tradition -- Filelfo and humanist adaptations of the myth of Sparta -- Greek constitutional theory in the quattrocento: the "second wave" of Greek constitutional theory -- legitimation and the republican regime -- Francesco Patrizi on republican constitutions -- delegitimation: Bruni and the chivalric ideal -- substitution: platonizing Venice's constitution -- Mario Salamonio compares Florence to Athens -- Francesco Patrizi and humanist absolutism: the recovery of ancient Greek monarchical theory -- Patrizi and his project in the De regno -- virtuous royal legitimacy and humanist absolutism -- the argument for monarchy -- can monarchical power be virtuous? -- how the king may become virtuous -- Machiavelli: reviving the military republic: the calamità d'Italia -- Machiavelli and humanist literary culture -- Machiavelli's political education and the art of war -- why princes and republics should follow the ancient way of warfare -- Machiavelli: from virtue to virtù: Machiavelli's Prince and renaissance concepts of tyranny -- the Machiavellian revolution in political thought -- Machiavelli's virtù -- Two cures for hyperpartisanship: Bruni versus Machiavelli: two competing narratives of Florentine history -- the ordinances of justice -- Walter of Brienne and the instability of tyranny -- the restoration of popular institutions in 1343 -- two cures for hyperpartisanship -- Conclusion: Ex Oriente Lux
Control code
on1089961566
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 736 pages
Isbn
9780674237551
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089961566

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