Reading Group: Machiavelli

22 Jan

READING GROUP:machiavelli

PCPN is excited to kick off a new season tomorrow (01/23) with a winter/spring session looking at Continental Readings of Early Modern Philosophy. This Winter and Spring, on alternating weeks we will examine key early modern philosophers, and more recent continental theorists who have used, interpreted, or rethought these earlier traditions.

This week:

  • 01/23 – Machiavelli, selection from The Prince, Chs. 1-10

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • None this week


Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE


Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!


Upcoming in Continental Readings of Early Modern Philosophy:

  • 01/23 – Machiavelli, selection from The Prince, Chs. 1-10
  • 01/30 – Althusser, Machiavelli and Us, Chapter 1
  • 02/06 – Hobbes, selection from Leviathan, “Of Man” 9–42, Chs. 1-7
  • 02/13 – Strauss, selections from The Political Philosophy of Hobbes,1-30
  • 02/20 – LaRochefoucauld, Maxims
  • 02/27 – Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, “On the History of Moral Sensations”
  • 03/06 – Descartes, Meditations I-II
  • 03/13 – Foucault, Madness and Civilization, excerpt; Derrida, “Cogito and the History of Madness”; Foucault’s response to Derrida, appendix to second edition of Madness and Civilization
  • 03/20 – Leibniz, Monadology, selections from Anne Conway, The Principles, Chs. 1-3
  • 03/27 – Tarde, “Monadology and Sociology”
  • 04/03 – Deleuze, The Fold, Chs. 1-2
  • 04/10 – Spinoza, Ethics I
  • 04/17 – Deleuze, On Spinoza, 3-29
  • 04/24 – Hume, TBD
  • 05/01 – Continental Reader of Hume, TBD

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