Seminar: Machiavelli, The Prince

At each seminar, we discuss a short philosophical text, or tackle a philosophical question. This month's text is Machiavelli's short book, The Prince. The text is available here:

We want to keep these events reasonably small, so that we can keep the discussion focused, and so that everyone can participate. Please book your place by using the RSVP button. If you book and then find that you cannot make it, please cancel your booking, so that someone else can take your place.

We use the ground floor foyer of the National Theatre. We will try to be at the tables at the end furthest from Waterloo Bridge, just before the new bookshop and the cafe at that end, and on the side that is furthest away from the river side of the building. But we may have to be somewhere else in the foyer. We will have a notice on the table saying "Philosophy for All", but we might not be there until a few minutes before our start time of 7.45. So if you get there earlier and cannot find us, please have another wander round the foyer at 7.40 to find us. If you cannot find us anywhere on the ground floor, try the next floor up where there is a bar area, but we will only move there is there is a problem with the ground floor.

This seminar will be conducted by Anja Steinbauer


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  • David L.

    Studied political philosophy, would enjoy discussion of Machiavelli. [I've been lying dormant lately, since a couple of strokes -- need brain exercise !]

    1 · November 24

  • Robert

    Wow! 15 going (= full) and 37 on the waiting list, a week ahead. So I assume it'd be pointless to make myself the 38th on the waitlist (no need to answer).

    But that's some kinda success story! Congratulations.

    Maybe I need to start a pale imitation of your club; not to rival it but just to take up the slack ....


    November 19

  • fg

    May I kindly ask those in the group of 15 to check if they will be able to go - and update the RSVP if not? I'd love to go, and would like to prepare the reading in advance. Thank you very much and I hope this makes sense. Filipe.

    November 19

  • Roger G.

    At the start of the Republic, Socrates undertakes to show what personal justice is like by examining it writ large. The nature of the Just Man will be more clearly visible in the nature of the Just State. At one point in Book II he says that this State will need a military arm, nor merely for defence but also in order to invade her neighbours when she needs more land. If we interpret this passage in the way Socrates initially proposed, then we will infer that a Just Man may commit robbery with violence against his neighbours, or at least that he has it in him as an aspect of his proper nature. Unlike Machiavelli, Socrates countenances such robbery without saying: "Things being what they are."

    November 11

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