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2018 Goggio Lecture: Jason Blahuta, “Conspiracies in Machiavelli’s Mandragola: The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy”

February 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2018 Emilio Goggio Lecture
“Conspiracies in Machiavelli’s Mandragola: The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy”
by Professor Jason Blahuta (Lakehead)

Thursday, February 8 at 4pm
Carr Hall 406
Reception to follow

This lecture offers a discussion of Machiavelli’s Mandragola in light of key pieces of advice that Machiavelli offers rulers in his other works.  Specifically, Professor Blahuta will explore the questions of which character qualifies as the prince or princess of the play, and the effectiveness of the various conspiracies (as perceived by each character).

Biography: Jason Blahuta holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa and is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and an adjunct in the Department of Political Science at Lakehead University.  His teaching and research interests are wide-raging and include Asian philosophy, just war theory, the philosophy of religion, and the full range of topics in the field of applied ethics.  The primary focus of his research is the philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli.  He is the author of Fortune and the Dao: A Comparative Study of Machiavelli, the Daodejing, and the Han Feizi (Lexington Books, 2015), a contributor to the Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War:  Just War Theory in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of Final Fantasy and Philosophy (John Wiley and Sons, 2009).

This 2018 Emilio Goggio lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.


February 8, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Department of Italian Studies


Carr Hall 406, 100 St Joseph Street, St