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Machiavelli and the Problems of Military Force: A War of One's Own (Hardback)

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Central to Niccolo Machiavelli's writing is the argument that a successful state is one that prefers to lose with its own arms (arma propriis) than to win with the arms of others (arma alienis). This book sheds light on Machiavelli's critiques of military force and provides an important reinterpretation of his military theory.

Sean Erwin argues that the distinction between arma propriis and arma alienis poses a central problem to Machiavelli's case for why modern political institutions offer modes of political existence that ancient ones did not. Starting from the influence of Lucretius and Aelianus Tacticus on the Arte della guerra, the book examines Machiavelli's criticism of mercenary, auxiliary and mixed forces. Erwin also engages with Deleuze, Foucault and Spinoza to demonstrate how Machiavelli's political philosophy continues to have contemporary relevance.

Giving due consideration to an overlooked conceptual distinction in Machiavelli studies, this book is an important and original contribution to the field.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 14/07/2022 ISBN-13: 9781350115712  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sean Erwin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barry University, USA.*

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