Liberty, Responsibility, and Prudence in “The Prince,” “King Lear,” and “Measure for Measure”


At this colloquium a group of nonacademic conferees addressed issues of liberty, responsibility, and prudence, based on their experience with governance in public government as well as in corporate and managerial spheres. The selected texts from Shakespeare and Machiavelli are concerned with different concepts of power, authority, liberty, and prudence.


Conference Readings

Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince. Edited by David Wootton. Translated by David Wootton. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett, 1995.

Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York: Washington Square Press, 1993.

Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure. Edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, 1997.