Allan Bloom’s Lectures on Machiavelli (Boston College, 1983)

Accord­ing to “Allan Bloom deliv­ered this talk as part of the series enti­tled “Philo­soph­ic Per­spec­tives” at Boston Col­lege in 1983. The series was intend­ed to help teach­ers of under­grad­u­ates in their teach­ing of those great works that are essen­tial to a lib­er­al edu­ca­tion. The series addressed the decline of lib­er­al learn­ing in the Uni­ver­si­ties, in Amer­i­ca espe­cial­ly. This lec­ture presents an inter­pre­ta­tion of Machi­avel­li’s “Prince” and teach­es one how to under­stand Machi­avel­li’s art of writ­ing. An inter­pre­ta­tion of the “Prince” is giv­en chap­ter by chap­ter.”

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