Machiavellianism

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  • What Is Machiavellianism

    His work The Prince offers psychological ideas that go hand in hand with his political philosophy. Quotes such as, “Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” (Machievelli 1532 p.37) and “…he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.” (Machiavelli 1532 p.63), stress the importance of cunning and deception to achieve personal goals. It is for this reason that Machiavellianism is painted in a negative light and he is known in psychological circles as part of the “Dark Triad”(Hartely 2015). It is hard to argue with this assertion. When manipulation of people is involved it usually is done out of personal interests that are seen as better or more important than those of the people being manipulated. Yet under observation, it appears most of the rhetoric in The Prince lines up more closely with the INTJ personality type, as opposed to those of a narcissist or a sociopath. Narcissism and being a sociopath are personality disorders that produce socially negative results including a bloated ego and empathy toward others (Christie, Geis, 1970). In reading The Prince, it is hard to find evidence of avocation of…

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  • Machiavelli The Art Of Statecraft Analysis

    The Prince 's Usefulness to “Our” Modern Political Leaders Machiavelli 's (1469-1527) work The Prince could easily be subtitled “The Art of Statecraft: How to Govern [Well?].” Machiavelli, sometimes referred to as “the first realist in politics,” wrote The Prince (1513) in an attempt to ingratiate himself to the ruling Medici family. The Medici family had dismissed him, suspected him of conspiracy, and banished him from the city of Florence only the year prior (1512). It is my contention…

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  • Pessimism In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

    Principalities As a result of a judgmental society, individuals are eager to seek praise and validation. Everyone wishes to be liked as well as admired, but sometimes individuals have to make decisions against their moral and ethical judgement. It is through The Prince that Niccolo Machiavelli expresses his political theories and ideology, asserting that in order to be a successful Prince one must be willing to disregard their morals and ultimately use deception to both gain and keep control.…

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  • Machiavelli's Immorality Analysis

    Dedicated to the Florentine ruler Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Machiavelli’s Prince is a guidebook on how to acquire power and stabilize your state. Inscribed in a tradition of political advice books , what sets it apart from those that came before him are the radical and obviously wicked guidelines it puts forwards. However, before establishing whether or not The Prince is truly a handbook of wickedness, this term must be elucidated. Wickedness, synonym of evilness, is commonly interpreted as either…

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  • Analysis Of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

    Power is not evil, it is the user that makes it evil. Machiavelli, a controversial figure in political history left a legacy of brutal reality which disturbed many people. Niccolo Machiavelli’s, The Prince explores the groundbreaking ideas for a prince to secure the leading position in government and retain his power and leadership. Human nature combined with power has the possibility of becoming tragically destructive. However, that wreckage stems from the environment, and the actions…

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  • Characteristics Of Machiavelli's Ideal Leader

    Describe the qualities of Machiavelli’s ideal prince in relation to one contemporary or historical leader. What characteristics should a prince possess, and how should a prince behave and lead his people, and how does this advice from Machiavelli play out in real life with the leader you chose as an example. Is their leadership good for their people? Neighboring countries? The world? Every person has their own individual skills that make us different from each other. This applies even to…

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  • Virtuoso Prince Cruelty

    What kind of actions should a virtuoso (skillful) prince take? Well, he avoids using other princes' troops or hiring mercenaries to do his dirty work - such a reliance on outside help makes a prince the helpless victim of fortune. He does not come into power through overt crime, nor does he allow himself to gain a reputation for cruelty - but he is able to use crime and cruelty when he needs to, carefully concealing his guilt. A virtuoso prince will not alienate the people he governs, but he…

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  • The Prince Essay

    Maple Chen Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince was written during the 16th century, in opposition to the contemporary ideals of human perfection. Machiavelli had served in the Florentine government as a diplomat and statesman from 1498 to 1512 and wrote The Prince after being exiled from Florence when the French invaded. The book was written to impress ducal ruler Giuliano de Medici, a dominant family in Florence at the time. In The Prince, Machiavelli talks about the need for a strong ruler in…

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  • The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

    Niccolo Machiavelli, an Italian Renaissance historian, in the novel “The Prince and Other Writings” states that a prince Must have a balance of how he acts towards his people in order to be a successful leader. First, Machiavelli establishes, that a prince can be generous but must be careful, for too much generosity may lead to disorder. Then the author elucidates that a prince must be feared and loved, but to be feared has a greater benefit because humans will break the bond of love when…

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  • Analysis Of Morality And Necessity: What Makes A Prince Just?

    Morality and Necessity: What Makes a Prince Just? Whether using the Machiavellian terminology (i.e. the prince) or the Socratic nouns (i.e. citizen, philosopher, or civil servant), the three literary works, “The Apology”, “Crito”, and “The Prince”, address the same topic: what should a leader be. Socrates valued individual characteristics considered to be moral and just more than anything. He was not afraid to place leaders to the same standard as the ordinary citizen and in fact encouraged…

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