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Weissman Professor Benedetto Fontana Presents Lecture at Tufts University

NEW YORK, NY - November 25, 2014 -Baruch College Professor Benedetto Fontana, Chair of the Department of Political Science in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences lectured on “Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince: Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether it is Better to Be Loved or Feared,” at Tufts University on November 24.

In his discussion of the relative merits and utility of love and fear as instruments of rule, Professor Fontana says Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), “seems to suggest fear as more realistic and more reliable than love. Though ideally rule ought to be based on both love and fear, and certainly Prince ought to strive to gain the love of his people, in practice one will preclude the other and so prudence may compel the ruler to evoke fear.”

Professor Fontana specializes in ancient, medieval and modern political theory, as well as in contemporary political and social thought. He is the author of Hegemony and Power: On the Relation Between Gramsci and Machiavelli (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), Turkish translation, Hegemonya ve Iktidar: Gramsci ve Machiavelli Arasindaki iliski zerine (Istanbul: Kalkedon, 2013), and the coeditor of Talking Democracy: Historical Perspectives on Rhetoric and Democracy (Penn State University Press, 2004).




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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