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Politics, Religion and Foundation in Machiavelli. A Reading from the Origins of Rome

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1. Title Title of document Politics, Religion and Foundation in Machiavelli. A Reading from the Origins of Rome
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Agustin Volco; University of Buenos Aires; Argentina
3. Subject Discipline(s) political theory
3. Subject Keyword(s) people, modernity, writing, secularism
3. Subject Subject classification 5908
4. Description Abstract This article intends to analyse the Machiavellian treatment of the Romans' religion. This is, we will argue, a fundamental issue to understand the way the relation between religion, foundation and politics is thought in Machiavelli’s work. In the first part, we will analyse the chapters of the Discourses on Livy dedicated to the roman’s religion, and contrast the statement of this section with statements on the religious phenomenon from other parts of Machiavelli’s work, paying special attention to the understanding of the relation between the phenomenon of belief and popular obedience Machiavelli expresses. In the second part, we will face the question of the way in which it is possible to interpret Machiavellian writing, with special emphasis in the problem of how to make sense of the recurrent contradictions the text presents. In the third section, and as a conclusion, we present some reflections on Machiavelli’s understanding of the relation between politics and religion, and the possibilities of a secular thought in the modern context.
5. Publisher Organizing agency, location Universidad Complutense de Madrid
6. Contributor Sponsor(s) National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina
7. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 2016-12-20
8. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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9. Format File format PDF (Español), HTML (Español)
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11. Source Title; vol., no. (year) Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy; Vol 5, No 9 (2016): July-December
12. Language English=en es
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