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In his own time, Machiavelli was known as the author of histories, poems, and plays including a widely produced popular comedy. Highly respected as a statesman, he represented Florence on foreign missions and wrote reports admired for their style and substance. But the Catholic Church censured Machiavelli for his criticism of Christianity and for the tone and content of the political counsel he offered, especially in The Prince.

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By the seventeenth century, the name Machiavelli had become synonymous with diabolical cunning, a meaning that it still carries today. Modern readers princ the same ambivalence about Machiavelli himself, alternately recognizing him as a precursor of the discipline of political science and recoiling from the ruthless principles he frequently articulates. Both views of Machiavelli, as innovative modernist and cynical politician, have their origins in The Prince.

Machiavelli wrote The Prince injust after he was forced to leave Florence as a political rhe. It was also his effort, though unsuccessful, to gain an advisory post in the Medici government. Beginning with Plato and Aristotle, the thinkers of this tradition were concerned with issues of justice and human happiness, and with the constitution of the ideal state.

Until its final chapter, The Prince is a shockingly direct how-to manual for rulers who aim either to establish and makaveki control of a new state or to seize and control an existing one. Rather than basing his advice on ethical or philosophical principles, Machiavelli founds his political program on real-life examples. When explaining what a prince should or should not do in pursuit of his ambitions, Machiavelli cites the kakaveli of well-known historical and contemporary leaders, both successful and unsuccessful.

Throughout The PrinceMachiavelli explicitly aims to give an unsentimental analysis of actual makvaeli behavior and the uses of power.

Is Machiavelli simply being clear-sighted and objective, or is he providing spurious justifications for the worst impulses of those who seek power?


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Makxveli The Princethe results of actions are what matter. Murder, the incitement of quarrels among citizens, the purchase of temporary loyalties, and betrayal: He sets price ambitions of the prince and the need of the people for order side by side, seeing the two as complementary. Perhaps they are, or perhaps this equation is merely a self-serving way for those who crave power to defend injustices. To what extent the means that Machiavelli promotes in The Prince are justified by the ends, and whether the means actually bring about the ends, remain open questions.

In this makaveil of The Prince and in some of his other writings, Machiavelli appears more idealistic and friendly toward a form of government that would give citizens a say. In his DiscoursesMachiavelli portrays the makavveli government as a republic that allows groups with differing opinions to speak openly.

Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring discussion among his readers. Is he best understood as a seeker of unity and peace, concerned to make his advice practical and effective?

Is he an opportunist offering aid and comfort to makzveli tyrants? Do the moral and political goals he outlines in the final chapter of The Prince justify the actions he advocates in the preceding chapters? Evidence suggests that Machiavelli was an upright man, a good father, and a husband who lived in affectionate harmony with his wife, Marietta Corsini, who bore him six children. Throughout his life, Machiavelli was a zealous republican.

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

He served Florence with uncompromising patriotism as an effective senior administrator and diplomat. But his single-minded service to the republic of Florence ended when the army of the Holy League of Pope Julius II returned the Medici family to power as benevolent despots of the city. In the resulting political purge, Machiavelli not only lost his position in the city government but, when a conspiracy against the Medicis was uncovered in earlyhe also was accused of complicity simply because his name was on a list taken from the conspirators.

Thrown into prison and subjected to the kind of torture that forced blameless men to confess their guilt, Machiavelli nevertheless maintained his innocence and was eventually released. Reduced to poverty, and with restrictions placed on his movements around the city, Machiavelli sought refuge in the little property, outside Florence, that he had inherited from his father. There he produced not only The Princewhich he completed between the spring and autumn ofbut also a variety of political commentaries and histories and a number of well-received literary works.


That hope was in vain.

Machiavelli died at the age of 58, still exiled from Florence. Aristotle, Politics In this exploration of boko ideal state, Book V, concerning the maintenance of political power, is an especially pertinent antecedent to Machiavelli.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan The author presents a grim vision of human beings in their natural state, which becomes the basis for his argument that a practically omnipotent government is necessary to secure a basic level of justice and elementary freedoms.

John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government Chapter 14 examines the circumstances in which government can act in violation of the law or makaceli the absence of law.

Chapter 19 concerns the right of the people to overthrow a ruler or government when either has abused his power. Does The Prince present justice as nothing more than the interest of the stronger? Does Machiavelli believe that ethical considerations have a role to play in the conduct of a prince? According to Machiavelli, what roles do fate and fortune play in human life? Does Machiavelli believe that political entities are created by human effort, or do they exist naturally?

In securing the state, to what extent should a prince be motivated by the happiness of the people? Why does Machiavelli believe that a prince must be willing to use force to achieve his ends? According to Machiavelli, do moral ends justify immoral means?

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How does Machiavelli define virtue? Why does Machiavelli end his work with a plea for the House of Mwkaveli to liberate Italy? Must political power always be a corrupting influence on those who possess it? Learn More About The Prince print. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.