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  •  Discourses! Must read! (1+ / 0-)
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    helpImdrowning

    Machiavelli's Discourses are fantastic. I read them in a class on the development of the essay (unofficially; officially, the class was on something like periodic literature of the 18th century, but we were all over Montesquieu and La Rochefoucauld and Machiavelli). Discourses is modern in its irony (or, rather, Modernism finally got back to the Renaissance in ironic sophistication).

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:09:44 AM PDT

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