How Does Machiavelli 's Stand On The Role Of Morality Essay

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This Essay will examine Machiavelli’s stand on the role of morality in politics, if it is useful for the common good, and the purpose of the state and morality itself. In order to provide a clear and linear argument, this essay will be divided in three sections. In the first paragraph, I will provide a brief historical background on morality, and the importance that it had in society with Christian principles as base for a correct and good state, cultural context and few prior political thinkers on the subject and Machiavelli’s relatively new controversial and audacious approach on the topic. From this background, in the second part, the focus will be moved on Machiavelli’s amorality and main ideal that good and efficient state are fundamentally in contrast with moral ideals. The reason why morality is deemed useless is because it stands in the way for a greater and common wellbeing, and pragmatism is the only principle that matters. In the last section I will discuss the mere functionality of morality, which is to maintain order and avoid unnecessary and unjustified evil within the boundaries of the state but not between states.
In this paragraph, I will outline some cultural, historical background and older traditions which Machiavelli was reacting to, and the importance that morality had in shaping people’s and ruler’s actions. As Williams remarked, Machiavelli was coming from a tradition in which political actions and policies were subjected to Christian and Greek…

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