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review Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy 103 ¼ [Ebook] ➥ Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy By James Hankins – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A bold revisionist account of the political thought of the Italian Renaissancefrom Petrarch to Machiavellithat rRywould have a profound impact on later debates about good government and seem as vital today as they did thenA bold revisionist account of the political thought of the Italian Renaissancefrom Petrarch to Machiavellithat reveals the all important role of character in shaping society both in citizens and in their leadersConvulsed by a civilizational crisis the great thinkers of the Renaissance set out to reconceive the nature of society Everywhere they saw problems Corrupt and reckless tyrants sowing discord and ruling through fear elites who prized wealth and status over the common good military leaders waging endless wars Their solution was at once simple and radical Men not walls make a city as Thucydides so memorably said They would rebuild their city and their civilization by transforming the moral character of its citizens Soulcraft they believed was a precondition of successful statecraftA dazzlingly ambitious reappraisal of Renaissance political thought by one of our generation's foremost intellectual historians Virtue Politics challenges the traditional narrative that looks to the Renaissance as the seedbed of modern republicanism and sees Machiavelli as its exemplary thinker James Hankins reveals that what most concerned the humanists was not reforming laws or institutions so much as shaping citizens If character mattered than constitutions it would have to be nurtured through a new program of education they called the studia humanitatis the humanitiesWe owe liberal arts education and much else besides to the bold experiment of these passionate and principled thinkers The uestions they askedShould a good man serve a corrupt regime What virtues are necessary in a leader What is the source of political legitimacy Is wealth concentration detrimental to social cohesion Should citizens be expected to fight for their countrywould have a profound impact on later debates about. This is an excellent and uniue work in Renaissance intellectual history It provides a useful corrective to some popular narratives about the origins of modern Western political thought Hankins surveys the political thought of Renaissance “humanists” – broadly defined and offers rich evidence for a new theory of 1 the nature of the humanist project and 2 the common social and political goals which humanists hoped their scholarship could achieve Hankins reads the specific political preferences eg republicanism or monarchism of various humanists and their interest in reviving healthy ancient polities as part of a project to stabilize the unstable and violent regimes of their own times The revival of the classical humanities had various effects but most of its advocates during the long uattrocento had the same underlying goal to improve the wisdom and morality of the ruling class through a revival of classical education They hoped doing so could restore republics monarchies and aristocracies to a classical model Far from being merely an academic or “rhetorical” movement as many particularly Anglophone historians argue Hankins shows how the unifying goal of Renaissance humanism was the expected improvement of society through the education and careful training of its rulers Translation of Greek political writing drove this expectation forward Along the way he offers fresh readings of many well studied authors such as Boccaccio Leonardo Bruni Leon Battista Alberti and he provides careful new study of Francesco Patrizi of Siena whose political thought deserves much attention than it is currently receiving The discussion of Machiavelli’s work as the rejection of the humanist project raises a few interesting uestions; perhaps the most salient is whether one can view Renaissance humanism as a success – for all the intellectual and cultural gifts it gave the West – or a failure in that the humanists did not achieve the transformation or even the repair of society which was the central goal of their project Machiavelli focused on the failure but his work would not have been possible without the disappointments of the humanists Some readers might find the comparative treatment of Confucian ethics with Renaissance humanism a bit terse and out of sorts with the rest of the book I think it makes for some fruitful discussion and hopefully sustained writing from the author in the future