Kautilya's Arthasastra: A Comparative Study


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This study presents a new interpretation of the comparison of Kautilya's "Arthasastra" to the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Machiavelli. According to this author, neither Kautilya nor Machiavelli is a -Machiavellian- in the conventional sense of the term. At the same time, Kautilya is not a -bigger man- than Machiavelli, as most Indian scholars would like to believe, nor is Kautilya a philosopher in the sense that Plato and Aristotle are. Yet Kautilya's fame rests squarely on the fact that his vision of a righteous ...

Kautilya's Arthasastra: A Comparative Study 1989, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820408989