Essay about Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

1730 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, written in 1513, stands out as the one advice book that transcended all others. In The Prince, Machiavelli argued against the humanist ideal for its insistence on the prince’s virtues as he, instead, provided a synthesis of rational deployment of force as well as the exercise of virtue. Perhaps due to his encouragement for a prince to dissemble, in other words, to make all his actions appear virtuous, whether they are so or not, Machiavelli’s political philosophy, as documented in chapter XV of The Prince, is misunderstood as one which rejects noble virtues in favor of self-interest. Unfairly accused of political scheming, Machiavelli simply provided a guideline for the survival and flourishing of the state, rather than the perseverance of a prince’s own power and wealth.
For this reason, the purpose of this paper is to arrive at a reasonable and coherent understanding of Machiavelli’s “political advice.” The methodological approach of this paper is one which aims to offer insight on “Concerning Things for Which Men, and Especially Princes, Are Praised or Blamed,” from The Prince. First, this paper will detail significant context information by the use of both a diachronic and synchronic approach. Secondly, a discussion about Machiavelli’s biographical information will ensue. Thirdly, a close reading of “Concerning Things for Which Men, and Especially Princes, Are Praised or Blamed,” will allow for the identification of the main themes…

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