Plato In The Republic And Machiavelli's The Prince

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Rohini Harsh
M.A English (final) 3rd Semester
Dr. Shirshendu Chakravarthy
13th November 2014

Is it better to remain in the cave with Machiavelli, or see the light with Socrates?
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic
We can observe that today’s generation undergo some very grave and problematic issues. One such is that there is a predicament regarding the lack of successful leadership. The cause why we possess such challenge in today’s human race is due to the unproductive leadership. The powerful and influential individuals who construct judgments frequently concerned
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Both Machiavelli and Plato discover their own society primarily wanting in political efficiency and try to reinstate their notion of the political succession. Both ascribe their rulers the thoughtful of enveloping metaphysical power, subscribe to recurring perspective of social and political development, and both want a powerful and sturdy ruler to commence a new succession. They both demonstrate monarchs who deliberately build their innermost virtue, whether moral or virtue. Both ‘The Prince’ and ‘The Republic’ are manuscript of political beliefs which illustrates the ‘ideal polis’ (nation) and also promotes authoritarian structure, resisted to autonomous forms of regime. Both represent rulers who, by obligation, mask their understanding of the reality from laypeople, at the same time exercise it as the essential instrument for equal, stable management. Plato and Machiavelli make us clear that the course to permanence is not only bloodlust and malicious, reckless hostility, but of leadership through understanding and …show more content…
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