Table of Contents Overview Machiavelli composed The Prince as a practical guide for ruling though some scholars argue that the book was intended as a satire and essentially a guide on how not to rule. The Prince is not particularly theoretical or abstract; its prose is simple and its logic straightforward.
Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the sole authority determining every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests.
These interests were gaining, maintaining, and expanding his political power. Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact stood in the way of an effectively governed principality. If a prince can not be both feared and loved, Machiavelli suggests, it would be better for him to be feared bey the citizens within his own principality.
He makes the generalization that men are, " Men worry less about doing an injury to one who makes himself loved than to one who makes himself feared. The bond of love is one which men, wretched creatures they are, break when it is to their advantage to do so; but fear is strengthened by a dread of punishment which is always effective.
One way is to " Machiavelli postulates that a prince must also deceive those who attempt to flatter him. But he should also question them toughly and listen to what they say; then he should make up his own mind.
Machiavelli discourages action to taken otherwise " He laid aside the Medieval conception "of the state as a necessary creation for humankinds spiritual, material, and social well-being.
His views were to the benefit of the prince, in helping him maintain power rather than to serve to the well being of the citizens. Machiavelli promoted his belief by stating: The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among those who are not virtuous.
Therefore, if a prince wants to maintain his rule he must learn not to be so virtuous, and to make use of this or not according to need. He felt that his suggestions would provide a frame work for a future prince of Italy to bring about political stability.
Italy is waiting to see who can be the one to heal her wounds, put and end to the sacking of Lombardy, to extortion in the Kingdom and in Tuscany, and cleanse those sores which have been festering so long.
See how Italy beseeches God to send someone to save her from those barbarous cruelties and outrages; see how eager and willing the country is to follow a banner, if someone will raise it. One way of maintaining control of was to institute a secular form of government.
This would allow the prince to govern without being morally bound. Machiavelli, however felt that people generally tended to work for their own best interests and gave little obligation to the well being of the state. Although Machiavelli doubted that this form of government could ever be established it did appear several years after he wrote The Prince.
Machiavelli has become to be regarded as "the founder of modern day, secular politics.The Political Science Books Top The Political Science Books Top list presents the best works of political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and public law. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. To the great Lorenzo Di Piero De Medici.
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What can you learn from Machiavelli? Robert P. Harrison Advice like this, offered by Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince, made its author’s name synonymous with the ruthless use of power. And so we ask ourselves, for example, what does human nature look like when looked at from a demoralized or hard-nosed realist point of view?
Human Nature According to Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, and Ayn Rand. Jonathan Rick Issue XXVI How one views human nature informs the entirety of one’s philosophy.
Machiavelli intends The Prince as a pragmatic manual; and so makes himself the father of realpolitik. Realpolitik is a politics of adaptation to the existing . Overview. Machiavelli composed The Prince as a practical guide for ruling (though some scholars argue that the book was intended as a satire and essentially a guide on how not to rule).
This goal is evident from the very beginning, the dedication of the book to Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of Florence.