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Voices Lecture Series

Emmanuel’s Foreign Language Department, with the gracious support of the Spanish Consulates at Boston and Emmanuel’s Vice President Office, has been organizing since 2007 the Voices Lecture Series.  These Series have focused on many different aspect of Hispanic Culture, Languages and Literatures.  Besides the Spanish Consulate and the Office of the Vice President, for the Fall of 2013 we have also counted with the gracious support of the Italian Consulate to organized this year's Voices entitled Machiavelli, Machiavellism and European Political Landscape.  This is a round of three presentations dealing with Machiavelli the historian, the politician, the philosopher, the writer and diplomat, and the influence of this Renaissance humanist in European political landscape of the past and of today.  The series is free and open to the public.  For more information please get in contact with José Ignacio Alvarez Fernandez.

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00am

Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall
Cardinal Cushing Library, 400 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, USA

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Lecture, Academic, Alumni


Foreign Languages



Colleges of The Fenway
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Jose Ignacio Alvarez-Fernandez

Jose Ignacio Alvarez-Fernandez 8/30/2013

After giving a general overview of Machiavelli in Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Dr. Howard will focus on Pedro de Ribadeneyra's "Christian Prince" demonstrating that despite his ostensibly anti-Machiavellian self-characterization, Ribadeneyra appropriates key aspects of Machiavelli's vocabulary and theoretical framework for dealing with political contingency. Specifically, like Machiavelli before him, Ribadeneyra justifies moral flexibility when necessity demands it. As the founder of the anti-Machiavellian reason-of-state tradition in Spain, Ribadeneyra became a model for all subsequent political writers of the Spanish Counterreformation Baroque, who adopted his Machiavellian discourse, whether they knew it or not.