Sunday, August 9, 2020

Between Marcus and Machiavelli

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius stands at the beginning of the Middle Ages, and Machiavelli, the diplomat and classical realist philosopher and historian, stands at the end of it. The distance between Marcus and Machiavelli, of about 1300 years, is known as the Middle Ages. In history of philosophy, the Middle Ages do not get even a fraction of the attention that is given to Ancient and Modern philosophy because, when philosophy took an atheistic turn in the eighteenth century, the philosophers started suppressing the achievements of the Middle Ages when the religious institutions were the driving force in philosophy, science, art, and politics.

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