Procacci interprete di Machiavelli
N. 3, LUGLIO-SETTEMBRE
GIULIANO PROCACCI STORICO
Procacci’s interpretation of Machiavelli
The aim of this essay is to outline the main features of Procacci’s interpretation of Machiavelli: first, his intentional disengagement from certain ideological readings of the Secretary’s works which were widespread in Italy in the period between World War I and the Fascist era. Second, his re-evaluation of the unity of Machiavelli’s thought, against the traditional and outdated contrast between The Prince and the Discourses on Livy. Third, his portrait of Machiavelli as a key player in modern culture and civilization. Within this framework, the essay also sets out to highlight some characteristics of Procacci’s approach which, in light of recent scholarship on Machiavelli and on Humanistic and Renaissance thought, now appear as shortcomings.