The Prince: A Modern Book of Political Science

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Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a book that influenced many great political leaders including Henry VIII and Adolf Hitler. This book caused great controversy; the disagreement this book caused even led to the Church placing the book into the prohibited index. After his book was published and read, Machiavelli had become known as the founder of modern day, secular politics. Niccolo now wore the title of “father to political science”. Machiavelli’s The Prince, is considered to be the first modern book on political science because was innovative; it promoted a secular society and contained a concept of realism.

Having an original idea is what makes something new and modern, and Machiavelli’s The Prince can definitely be considered an innovative creation, particularly for that time. People, back then, were resistant to change, mostly due to the church’s powerful influence. Even so, despite the dangers this may have caused him, Niccolo founded a completely new set of modes and orders, which threw away medieval scholasticism entirely. Aristotle said that politics was about doing the right and that it was simply the extension of ethics. Machiavelli, on the other hand, said that “Politics is neither an amoral or immoral activity. It is an activity having a morality unique to itself.” This greatly contradicts Aristotle’s view on politics, proving that Niccolo’s work was unique and new, making it a modern book on political science. Another factor that makes this book considered to be a modern book is that it is written in the Vernacular rather than Latin. This sort of thing became a popular practice in Renaissance literature, proving again that Niccolo was moving ahead of the medieval time. Machievelli’s book was innovative because it created new boundaries and challenged a philosophy that had been used for a very long time.
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