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Aleatory Materialism

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This chapter focuses on Machiavelli, originally presented at a conference. The sources of Machiavelli's loans were twofold: on the one hand, men of action from antiquity, such as Tacitus, Livius, Cicero and Sallustius, and, on the other hand, such notions as virtu and fortuna based on the popular beliefs and mythologies of antiquity and the doctrines of the cardinal virtues of Christianity. The consequences of Columbus's voyages of exploration were not only visible in the new world but, as part of the evolving system of capitalist world economy and politics, they also influenced the whole of the old world. The theoretical understanding of the processes does indeed requirement of development of concepts without objects. Machiavelli was also theoretically, but often also emotionally and solitary.

Keywords: Cicero; Livius; Machiavelli; materialism; Sallustius; Tacitus



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