Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers

Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers

Machiavelli thus sets the stage for an enduring tete-a-tete among his readers

Is he an opportunist offering aid and comfort esatto would-be tyrants? Do the moral and political goals he outlines in the final chapter of The Prince justify the actions he advocates con the preceding chapters? These questions seem destined to remain with us as long as Machiavelli’s book continues onesto occupy per central place in modern political thought.

James Madison, “The Federalist In nessun caso

What we know of the personal character of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) is at odds with the treachery implied mediante the adjective derived from his name. Evidence suggests that Machiavelli was an upright man, verso good father, and per husband who lived con affectionate harmony with his wife, Marietta Corsini, who bore him six children. Throughout his life, Machiavelli was per zealous republican. He served Florence with uncompromising patriotism as an effective senior administrator and diplomat. But his scapolo-minded service onesto the republic of Florence ended when the army of the Holy League of Pope ily preciso power as benevolent despots of the city. Durante the resulting political purge, Machiavelli not only lost his position durante the city government but, when verso conspiracy against the Medicis was uncovered in early 1513, he also was accused of complicity simply because his name was on per list taken from the conspirators. Thrown into prison and subjected puro the kind of torture that forced blameless men onesto confess their guilt, Machiavelli nevertheless maintained his innocence and was eventually released.

Reduced puro poverty, and with restrictions placed on his movements around the city, Machiavelli sought refuge in the little property, outside Florence, that he had inherited from his father. There he produced not only The Prince, which he completed between the spring and autumn of 1513, but also verso variety of political commentaries and histories and verso number of well-received literary works. After the death of Pope Julius II in 1513, the bourdonnement of Lorenzo de’Medici (called the Magnificent) became Pope Leo Quantita-one of three popes the Medici family produced. It was Machiavelli’s hope that by dedicating The Prince puro Lorenzo de’Medici, chant of the most famous of all the Medicis, he would obtain an office that would return him esatto public life. That hope was mediante vain. Machiavelli died at the age of 58, still exiled from Florence.

I Samuel and I Kings (Old Testament); Matthew 22 (New Testament)These books durante the Bible deal with the tensions between religious and political loyalties.

Aristotle, PoliticsIn this exploration of the ideal state, Book V, concerning the maintenance of political power, is an especially pertinent antecedent esatto Machiavelli.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)The author presents per grim vision of human beings con their natural state, which becomes the basis for his argument that a practically omnipotent government is necessary puro secure verso basic level of justice and elementary freedoms.

John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)Chapter 14 examines the circumstances sopra which government can act sopra violation of the law or in the absence of law. Chapter 19 concerns the right of the people onesto overthrow a ruler or government when either has abused his power.

10” (mediante The Federalist) (1787-88)This essay addresses the problem of factions that inevitably develop among citizens and the ways of controlling their detrimental effects without infringing on liberty.

Is he best understood as verso seeker of unity and peace, concerned esatto make his advice practical and effective?

Plato, The StatesmanOne of Plato’s major works of political philosophy, this conciliabule explores the nature and virtue of per king or statesman.

Machiavelli’s view of the Italy of his day-“leaderless, lawless, crushed, despoiled, torn, overrun” (p. 83)-underwrites the advice he gives sopra The Prince. It also leads him puro end his treatise with an “Exhortation sicuro liberate Italy from the barbarians.” Machiavelli calls for “verso new prince…onesto introduce a new order” (p. 82) that would bring unity and stability to the often warring city-states of the Italian peninsula. Durante this portion of The Prince and mediante some of his other writings, Machiavelli appears more idealistic and friendly toward per form of government that would give citizens a say. Sopra his Discourses, Machiavelli portrays the ideal government as per republic that allows groups with differing opinions esatto speak openly.