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James Hankins at The Harvard Book Store

February 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

 |  FREE


February 28, 2020
3:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Professor of History JAMES HANKINS for a discussion of his latest book, Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy.

About Virtue Politics

Convulsed by a civilizational crisis, the great thinkers of the Renaissance set out to reconceive the nature of society. Everywhere they saw problems. Corrupt and reckless tyrants sowing discord and ruling through fear; elites who prized wealth and status over the common good; military leaders waging endless wars. Their solution was at once simple and radical. “Men, not walls, make a city,” as Thucydides so memorably said. They would rebuild their city, and their civilization, by transforming the moral character of its citizens. Soulcraft, they believed, was a precondition of successful statecraft.