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26 For Lefort, praise of the use of force holds no connection whatsoever with the quest for positive knowledge about human actions or with the fight against the presence of values in the public sphere. 28 Nevertheless, the main function of the reference to the conquest of power through the use of force is to remind readers that the field of politics cannot be understood without reference to the conflicts that constitute it. These conflicts are not limited to military confrontation, but his hypothesis cannot be merely ignored under the guise of the repugnance that we may feel in the face of the use of violence in the public stage.
22 The reading of The Prince and the Discourses is oriented by the idea, previously mentioned, that when investigating Machiavelli the object of Newton Bignotto 39 investigation is at the same time Machiavelli’s work and political society. Our author set off in his analysis with the question of the nature of politics and its determinants. ”23 When he considered the relationship between power and the use of force, Lefort shows that political philosophy cannot simply avoid the issue by denying the pertinence of the association of the two terms.
C. Lefort (1986) “The Image of the Body and Totalitarianism” in The Political Forms of Modern Society, p. 293. 3. M. Merleau-Ponty (1969) Humanism and Terror (trans. John O’Neill) (Boston: Beacon Press). 4. Ibid. pp. 115–16. 5. C. Lefort (1986) “Marx: From One Vision of History to Another” in The Political Forms of Modern Society, p. 180. 6. C. Lefort (1972) Le travail de l’oeuvre Machiavel (Paris: Gallimard). 7. Ibid. p. 326. 8. Ibid. p. 328. 9. N. Machiavelli (1976) The Prince (ed. & trans. James Atkinson) (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company) p.