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The Prince

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Summary Why did Niccolo Machiavelli write the prince? He wrote it like a guide. The Prince is an analysis of how to acquire and keep political power. Philosophers wrote it as how it should be, but Machiavelli presented it as it is. The Prince begins by addressing to Lorenzo de Medici, where Machiavelli tells him that he is seeking favor with the prince by offering him some of his knowledge. Machiavelli proceeds to classify the kinds of states: hereditary princedoms...

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The Prince

Machiavelli wrote The Prince as an instructional manual for a Renaissance ruler. The Prince is a mixture of practical, “real” advice and theoretical, “ideal” advice for the ruler operating under the best conditions. If you were about to become the ruler of your own country, which parts of Machiavelli’s advice do you think would still apply in the modern world? In your answer, explain and justify what advice you would personally keep and what you would disregard as a neophyte ruler. Niccolo...

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The Prince

“The Prince” Nicolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince, which has been used by many to learn and understand his realistic political theory. In the text, Machiavelli depicts his very flagrant and stark outlook of human nature. He also goes into explaining why he feels that most human beings are wretched, selfish creatures. Hence his political theory, being is for a prince to control his people is to have them fear him. With my own personal experiences in life, I would have to agree with Machiavelli’s...

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the prince

Lynda Nwankwo HUM 212 W01 1/6/2014 Machiavelli- The Prince OUTLINE The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning how to consider politics and ethics. The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy...

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The Prince

“The Prince” originally written for princes and rulers is a book written with monarchies in mind, describing how to rule in all different varieties of monarchies; from dynasties to newly developing monarchies. This book also goes into great detail of how to maintain existing monarchies or how to conquer and keep them under your rule. Older monarchies or dynasties are tougher to conquer and keep because if you cannot win the hearts of the people they will rebel to restore power to their beloved...

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Machiavelli: The Prince

3310-Christina Hughes 10/22/13 Machiavelli: The Prince In The Prince, Machiavelli introduced a completely different idea of what is a stable government and his definition of what virtue is compared to previous philosophers such as Thucydides, Socrates, etc. Previous, classical philosophers associated virtue with the good in life. In their eyes, a virtuous man is an honorable man. In The Republic of Plato, Socrates defines virtue as doing something well and in The Prince Machiavelli defines virtue as your ability...

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Machiavelli and The Prince

In an era of continental invasion, the problem of ensuring political stability within the context of European realpolitik is addressed in Machiavelli’s The Prince. Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 and grew up in Florence, which was a humanist city-state right in the center of the Renaissance. Machiavelli’s father, as a Tuscan, who was both an attorney and humanist, focused heavily on his education hired private tutors to teach Machiavelli. According to his father, Machiavelli, like other...

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Machiavelli: The Prince

71 What does Machiavelli say it is necessary for a Prince to do to "hold his own?"  It is important for a prince to know how to do wrong and apply this knowledge or not depending on whether or not it is necessary. Machiavelli makes a long list of what he calls "virtues" and "vices."  According to Machiavelli which is more important for the Prince to have control of?  Why? This answer may continue onto page 73. It is more important for the Prince to have control over his vices because they can seem...

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Machiavelli - the Prince

The Prince, one of the most popular and well known doctrines of political thought was also one of the greatest works of Niccoló Machiavelli. First published in 1513, The Prince was written in response to the failure of the Greek-based Italian city-states. Machiavelli wrote The Prince because, despite being a firm Republican, he was also well-documented as a strong patriot. He wanted that his people live under a free but effective government, but he decided that if his nation has to be ruled by...

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The Ideal Prince

Machiavelli's "Prince" is a unique historical work, as a letter written to Lorenzo Medici, but most of the work is meant for anyone who is able to understand. While the book was meant to serve as a guide for what characteristics the ideal ruler of a country would hold, he also hoped that the letter would bring him back in favor of the Medici's who had previous exiled him. Machiavelli never dictates what or who the ideal prince is, but he continually offers examples and advice, which is often immoral...

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