Maurizio Viroli

Maurizio Viroli (1952) is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University, Professor of Government at the University of Texas and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Lugano. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze. He has taught and conducted research at the universities of Cambridge, Georgetown, the United Arab Emirates, Trento, Campobasso, Ferrara, the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, the European University Institute of Firenze, the Collegio of Milano and the Scuola Superiore di Amministrazione dell’Interno.

His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Jacques Rousseau, republican iconography, the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric, political communication, citizenship, and civic education.

Some of his most famous books are Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Well-Ordered Society, Machiavelli, Il sorriso di Niccolò. Storia di Machiavelli, Repubblicanesimo, How to read Machiavelli, Redeeming the Prince“. The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece and Nazionalisti e patrioti.


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