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Nevertheless: Machiavelli, Pascal - Carlo Ginzburg, in discussion with Raphaëlle Burns, Emmanuelle Saada, and Pierre Force
Machiavelli’s repeated use of the adverb nondimanco (“nevertheless”) indicated he thought that there was an exception to every rule. This may seem to confirm the traditional image of Machiavelli as a cynical, “machiavellian” thinker. But Carlo Ginzburg’s close analysis of Machiavelli the reader throws a different light on Machiavelli the writer. The same hermeneutic strategy inspires Ginzburg’s essays on the Provinciales, Pascal’s ferocious attack against Jesuitical casuistry, or case-based ethical reasoning.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, and the Department of History.

Apr 3, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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