Machiavelli's New Modes and Orders a Study of the Discourses on Livy
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 06/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226503707
- ISBN10: 0226503704
Mansfield's aim is to discern Machiavelli's intention in writing the book: he argues that Machiavelli wanted to introduce new modes and orders in political philosophy in order to make himself the founder of modern politics. Mansfield maintains that Machiavelli deliberately concealed part of his intentions so that only the most perceptive reader could see beneath the surface of the text and understand the whole of his book. Previously out of print, Mansfield's penetrating study brings to light the hidden thoughts lurking in the details of the Discourses on Livy to inform and challenge its readers at every step along the way.