Machiavelli and the merciless use of power is oftentimes used to illustrate Renaissance political philosophy. Dr. James Hankins, professor of history at Harvard University and one of the foremost authorities on Renaissance political thought, joins Jeremy to discuss how his book Virtue Politics challenges the common portrayal of Machiavelli as the exemplary thinker of the Renaissance. Dr. Hankins discusses the humanists' revival of the ancient view that politics are not sound unless individuals of the polity are morally sound, as well as the ways in which humanist thought indicated that the long-term resilience of institutions fundamentally relies on the virtuous character of those inhabiting the institutions. Dr. Hankins also shares his thoughts on classical education today, and shines light on the important teaching distinctions within the modern university. Send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host Jeremy Tate @JeremyTate41
Guest Dr. James Hankins
Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy