The use of kairos in Renaissance political philosophy

Paul, Joanne (2014) The use of kairos in Renaissance political philosophy. Renaissance Quarterly, 67 (1). pp. 43-78. ISSN 0034-4338

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Although the Greek concept of kairos (καιρός) has undergone a recent renewal of interest among scholars of Renaissance rhetoric, this revival has not yet been paralleled by its reception into the history of political thought. This article examines the meanings and uses of this important concept within the ancient Greek tradition, particularly in the works of Isocrates and Plutarch, in order to understand how it is employed by two of the most important political thinkers of the sixteenth century: Thomas Elyot and Niccolò Machiavelli. Through such an investigation this paper argues that an appreciation of the concept of kairos and its use by Renaissance political writers provides a fuller understanding of the political philosophy of the period.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD493 Cosmology Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter, plurality of worlds
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453- > D219 1453-1648
Depositing User: Joanne Paul
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 12:00

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