Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke

  title={Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke},
  author={John P. McCormick},
This essay traces Biblical resonances within Machiavelli9s account of Cesare Borgia, or “Duke Valentino,” in The Prince. It challenges the idea that Machiavelli9s goal is to detheologize politics (in fact, my reading suggests that the founding of all principalities must be consecrated in religious terms); it dispels the notion that the “armed prophet” is armed exclusively with a sword rather than with a book; and it raises questions concerning the ambiguous meaning of “success” in a practical… 
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    Draft of a Letter to Giovan Battista Soderini
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    Inglese (Turin, 1995), abbreviated as "P " and cited parenthetically with chapter numbers within the text. Translations are my own, although I happily rely on the following translations: The Prince
    • composed circa 1513 and published in 1532
    Chicago, 1998) and The Prince
    • 2005
    Guicciardini, refers to him as Duke Valentino for a more conventional reason: “Cesare Borgia [was] called Valentino because he possessed a state in France by that name.
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    • 1970
    The Prince, trans
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    sponsored by the Conference for the Study of Political Thought. For comments and criticisms, I thank the participants on that occasion as well as Michelle Tolman Clarke
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