Erica Benner

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Erica Benner is a political philosopher who has held academic posts at St Antony's College, Oxford, the London School of Economics and Yale University. She was awarded a DPhil by Oxford in 1993. She is the author of the books Really Existing Nationalisms (Oxford University Press, 1995), Machiavelli's Ethics (Princeton University Press, 2009), Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom (Penguin Allen Lane, 2017).[1] Be Like the Fox was described by Terry Eagleton as "lively, compulsively readable biography",[2] chosen by Julian Baggini as one of his picks for The Guardian's best books of 2017 list,[3] and shortlisted for the 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography.[4]


  1. ^ "Academic". Erica Benner. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Be Like a Fox by Erica Benner review – was Machiavelli really not Machiavellian?". The Guardian. 15 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Best books of 2017 – part two". The Guardian. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Shortlist". Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.

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