Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers

Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers Is he an opportunist offering aid and agio puro would-be tyrants? Do the moral and political goals he outlines durante the final chapter of The Prince justify the actions he advocates durante the preceding chapters? These questions seem destined onesto remain with us

Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers

Is he an opportunist offering aid and agio puro would-be tyrants? Do the moral and political goals he outlines durante the final chapter of The Prince justify the actions he advocates durante the preceding chapters? These questions seem destined onesto remain with us as long as Machiavelli’s book continues puro occupy verso central place mediante modern political thought.

James Madison, “The Federalist Mai

What we know of the personal character of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) is at odds with the treachery implied mediante the adjective derived from his name. Evidence suggests that Machiavelli was an upright man, per good father, and a husband who lived per affectionate harmony with his wife, Marietta Corsini, who bore him six children. Throughout his life, Machiavelli was per zealous republican. He served Florence with uncompromising patriotism as an effective senior administrator and diplomat. But his scapolo-minded service puro the republic of Florence ended when the army of the Holy League of Pope ily esatto loveagain power as benevolent despots of the city. Durante the resulting political purge, Machiavelli not only lost his position mediante the city government but, when per conspiracy against the Medicis was uncovered in early 1513, he also was accused of complicity simply because his name was on a list taken from the conspirators. Thrown into prison and subjected puro the kind of torture that forced blameless men to confess their guilt, Machiavelli nevertheless maintained his innocence and was eventually released.

Reduced sicuro poverty, and with restrictions placed on his movements around the city, Machiavelli sought refuge mediante the little property, outside Florence, that he had inherited from his father. There he produced not only The Prince, which he completed between the spring and autumn of 1513, but also a variety of political commentaries and histories and a number of well-received literary works. After the death of Pope Julius II mediante 1513, the bruissement of Lorenzo de’Medici (called the Magnificent) became Pope Leo Interrogativo-one of three popes the Medici family produced. It was Machiavelli’s hope that by dedicating The Prince to Lorenzo de’Medici, cri of the most famous of all the Medicis, he would obtain an office that would return him to public life. That hope was per vain. Machiavelli died at the age of 58, still exiled from Florence.

I Samuel and I Kings (Old Testament); Matthew 22 (New Testament)These books durante the Bible deal with the tensions between religious and political loyalties.

Aristotle, PoliticsIn this exploration of the ideal state, Book V, concerning the maintenance of political power, is an especially pertinent antecedent to Machiavelli.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)The author presents per grim vision of human beings sopra their natural state, which becomes the basis for his argument that a practically omnipotent government is necessary onesto secure verso basic level of justice and elementary freedoms.

John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)Chapter 14 examines the circumstances mediante which government can act con violation of the law or in the absence of law. Chapter 19 concerns the right of the people sicuro overthrow a ruler or government when either has abused his power.

10” (durante The Federalist) (1787-88)This essay addresses the problem of factions that inevitably develop among citizens and the ways of controlling their detrimental effects without infringing on liberty.

Is he best understood as verso seeker of unity and peace, concerned sicuro make his advice practical and effective?

Plato, The StatesmanOne of Plato’s major works of political philosophy, this conciliabule explores the nature and virtue of verso king or statesman.

Machiavelli’s view of the Italy of his day-“leaderless, lawless, crushed, despoiled, torn, overrun” (p. 83)-underwrites the advice he gives con The Prince. It also leads him sicuro end his treatise with an “Exhortation sicuro liberate Italy from the barbarians.” Machiavelli calls for “verso new prince…sicuro introduce verso new order” (p. 82) that would bring unity and stability to the often warring city-states of the Italian peninsula. Durante this portion of The Prince and per some of his other writings, Machiavelli appears more idealistic and friendly toward verso form of government that would give citizens verso say. Sopra his Discourses, Machiavelli portrays the ideal government as verso republic that allows groups with differing opinions esatto speak openly.

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