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Praise and Advice: Rhetorical Approaches in More's Utopia and Machiavelli's the Prince

John F. Tinkler
The Sixteenth Century Journal
Vol. 19, No. 2 (Summer, 1988), pp. 187-207
DOI: 10.2307/2540406
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2540406
Page Count: 21
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Praise and Advice: Rhetorical Approaches in More's Utopia and Machiavelli's the Prince
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Abstract

Utopia and The Prince are contrasted in terms of More's and Machiavelli's shared affiliations to two classical rhetorical genera-the demonstrative art of praise and the deliberative art of political advice. In Book II of Utopia, More develops an experimental demonstrative imago that seeks to reconcile the deliberative debating topics of utility and honor. In The Prince, Machiavelli attacks the humanist tradition of imaginative praise from the critical perspective of a deliberative debater. Both writers thus explore, from opposite rhetorical directions, the same dilemma of the intellectual in politics-the gap between what is praiseworthy and what is advisable.

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