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Althusser'S Aleatory Machiavelli

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In this chapter, the author analyses interpretation of the 'man of action' in the writings of Machiavelli, as well as Machiavelli himself as a man of action, who, by means of his writings, carried out a political action in his own historical conjuncture. The revolutionary and utopian nature of the prince indeed refers to this historical opportunity, as Althusser states, referring to Lenin: It is the distance or difference between the actual subject of the political practice (the prince), which the prince has made manifest. The Politics and Philosophy produces the utopian character. The emphasis in this chapter is on Machiavelli's texts, my interpretation partly inspired by the writings of the author.

Keywords: aleatory; Althusser's Aleatory Machiavelli; Machiavelli



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