- Seminar leader: Jason Happel
- Frequency: Weekly Sessions
- First Session: Wednesday September 13th, 2022
- Day and Time: Wednesdays 8:00pm Eastern/7 pm Central/6 Mtn/ 5 Pacific
- Length of Session: 1.25 Hours per week
- Average pages per week: 3-5 pages, or at the instructor’s discretion
- Duration of Reading Pathway: 3 Quarters (36 weeks)
- Private Discussion Forum for Reading Pathway Group (non-Facebook)
- Quarterly Subscription Rate: $250 (All Pathway Access)
- Annual Subscription Rate: $750 (1 Free Quarter + All Pathway Access)
NEW Slow Reading Pathway: Machiavelli’s “Discourses on Livy”
Begins September 14th.
First three seminars are free! Select “Introductory Offer” on the subscriptions page (click here).
Wednesdays at 7:00-8:15 pm EST/6:00-7:15 CST.
Instructors: Jason Happel and Reynaldo Miranda
Estimated Duration: 3 Quarters, or 36 weeks (Ends June 2023)
The Design of the Pathway
This program is designed to help participants to make the most of classic texts by slow reading and conversing. Understanding happens through the practices of reading and thoughtful discussion, and by letting the author speak for himself.
Machiavelli was a great observer and a great actor in the political world. His insights into politics, virtue, and human nature come from being “in the room where it happened” and from reading ancient authors. He showed the deeds of princes, and how to view such deeds ‘sanza alcuno rispetto’, to see for ourselves what they teach. Machiavelli’s work is useful for business and civic leaders, lawyers, innovators, reformers, and citizens who are responsible for their organizations and communities.
Do you need to know Livy to read the Discourses?
No. Machiavelli’s work the “Discourses on Livy” stands on its own. Even though Machiavelli is in dialogue with the ancients, “Discourses” brilliantly articulates his own novel ideas.
Why the Discourses?
Everyone knows that Machiavelli’s shorter work, The Prince, was written for busy executives with little time to spend on their own continuing education (and its ruthlessness may not seem to be as useful today for those who collaborate.)
The Discourses likewise invites readers to consider “the common benefit of all,” regular innovation, and our need to toughen up. Sometimes what needs to be done is not pretty or popular: Machiavelli squarely faces the question and provokes debate.
How Machiavelli can help us today
In addition to advising leaders on their roles in organizations, Machiavelli advises citizens who rule their democratic republics. There is a lot of confusion today about how to balance political stability and political vitality, or how to avoid the corruption of liberty in a republic. Machiavelli can help us deal with lawless Cyclopes, by-pass the promised utopias of the Sirens, to navigate through the Scylla and Charybdis of popular parties.
Our plan is to cover Book 1 in October-December, Book 2, January-March, and Book 3 April-June, taking time to look carefully at each part that we read aloud each week. Average pages per week: 8. For new participants, enjoy the first three sessions free. Thereafter, join the pathway at a reduced subscription price.