Una «quistione assolutamente estrinseca e superficiale»: l’antimachiavellismo di Bodin a partire dall’interpretazione di Antonio Gramsci

A «quistione assolutamente estrinseca e superficiale»: Bodin's antimachiavellism starting from the interpretation of Antonio Gramsci


  • Anna Di Bello

Parole chiave:

Machiavellianism, Antimachiavellianism, Gramsci, France, Bodin


Machiavelli, mainly interpreted through Discourses and Prince, is often stereotyped and interpreted by many scholars only for some aspects of his political thought, like the importance given to Rome’s example, for virtue and luck concepts, for the amorality of the politics and the reason of state. Similarly, Bodin, certainly not overlooked by scholars, is the author that immediately after the Reformation and religion wars, theorizes for the first modern sovereignty and state whose characters are diametrically opposed to Machiavellian ones. These interpretations are completely absent in Gramsci that returns Machiavelli’s and Bodin’s thought in a new light, and inspiring a different philological and not only conceptual analysis, places them differently in the history of the state’s idea, of Machiavellianism and anti-Machiavellianism, and allows understanding all the ideas that Machiavelli and Bodin actually offer in their works without generalizations.