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The Sophist

How Bad Writers Abuse Philosophy

Why I Wrote “The Rules of the Game”

The lion is a powerful image in Machiavelli’s The Prince. Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

Writing is the art of making meaning. It has the power to seduce people, to bewitch them to the ideas of the writer.

When I read Machiavelli’s The Prince for the first time, I was struck by how far removed the book is from its reputation.

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