Mattia Di Pierro

Claude Lefort and the interpretation of Machiavelli. A rediscovery of the political between power and conflict

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Keywords: Claude Lefort; Machiavelli; Power; Conflict.

The essay reconstructs Claude Lefort's interpretation of Machiavelli's work. The French philosopher focuses on Machiavelli's reading of Roman history, a strong critique of classical and Christian traditions, and identifies conflict as the defining feature of the social. Following the blueprint of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's seminal theses, Lefort considers the Machiavellian «theory of humors» as a description of the fundamental division that organizes society. In the context of this interpretation, he builds his theory of the symbolic role played by power.

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