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In this chapter, the author's objective is to show five writings published after Althusser's death contain an important contribution to Machiavelli scholarship, political theory and political philosophy. It is, above all, this total break with all the moral principles of politics that is blinding in Machiavelli; but the transition from moral causes or principles to the ontological causes and principles that presuppose them is an easy one, because one and the same mode of thought is involved. Althusser's contribution to Machiavelli scholarship shows that Althusser's interpretation of Machiavelli, as the theoretician of the political conjuncture, contains noteworthy contributions to Machiavelli scholarship and to political theory and philosophy in general.

Keywords: machiavelli scholarship; philosophy; politics



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