Machiavelli's The Prince: 500 Years On

Paolo Carta, Professor of the History of Political Thought, University of Trento

To mark the 500th anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s revolutionary and hugely influential work of political philosophy, The Prince, Professor Paolo Carta develops a fascinating reappraisal of the inspiration and contemporary relevance of Machiavelli’s masterpiece.
 
Professor Carta, Professor of the History of Political Thought at the University of Trento, shows that it was Machiavelli’s observation of the law in action that provided him with the inspiration to set about writing his revolutionary treatise. It was Machiavelli’s intention, he argues, to provide policymakers with a set of tools by which to exercise good political judgement, just as the law serves the judge as the basis of sound legal decision-making.