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[Lecture] Machiavelli’s Theory of Republican Liberty

NOV . 06 2017
Responding to the invitation from PKU Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, professor Maurizio Viroli from Princeton University is going to give several lectures in the upcoming days. The following is the lecture schedule.

: Machiavelli’s Theory of Republican Liberty

Speaker: Maurizio Viroli
Host: Duan Demin, vice professor of PKU School of Government
Language: English
Location: Room B102, PKU No. 2 Gymnasium
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 16:00 PM


Machiavelli’s theory of republican liberty lies in the freedom from control and the chance of people’s autonomy. Machiavelli believes that political liberty demands a kind of citizen virtue that can be represented by both political leaders and common citizens. One special part of the lecture is the presentation of Machiavelli’s criticism towards Christianity. At the end of the lecture, Machiavelli’s opinions on the declination and revival of republican countries will be discussed as well.


Niccolò Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy, Harvey C. Mansfield (ed.), Chicago University press, 1996 Bk I: Preface and chapters 1-5, 10-18; Book II: Preface and chapters 2 and 4; Book III: chapters 1 and 30

Maurizio Viroli, Machiavelli’s God, Princeton University Press, 2010, pp. 27-88

Written by: Zhong Yaoqiong
Edited by: Yan Shengnan
Source: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences