Machiavelli's 'The Prince': A Reader's Guide by Miguel Vatter

By Miguel Vatter

Machiavelli's impression on sleek politics and the significance of his concept for the improvement of contemporary political principles has lengthy been universally stated. The Prince has develop into a key textual content in Philosophy and Political idea, person who is commonly learn and studied. Machiavelli's most vital paintings is a highly interesting, but demanding, piece of philosophical writing.

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Because of its emphasis on the productive character of social and class conflict, The Prince has had a fundamental impact on the way in which the socialist and communist movements understand the hegemony of the bourgeoisie and the chances for revolution. Lastly, the overriding concern in The Prince with the security of the state was decisive in the doctrine of "reason of state" that was extremely influential for the modern understanding of the art of government until the emergence of liberalism.

Machiavelli engages in an exercise of re-describing the conditions under which rules apply: if he excludes natural law, then he may have do ne this in order to let us see that our adherence to rules can be otherwise motivated, perhaps by our natural desire for freedom and creativity, which may require competition where previously collaboration was called for; which may require the protection of coercive measures where previously religious authority and persuasion were deemed to be sufficient. 32 In the last thematic section of The Prince, Machiavelli's concerns climb to the highest philosophical and theological-political levels: what is the cause of human happiness or unhappiness?

Machiavelli has been understood as a "teacher of evil" because he relativized moral considerations in politics. But he has also been understood as a great defender of the liberty of people because of his argument that the state ought always to have as its basis a free people in arms. Because of its emphasis on the productive character of social and class conflict, The Prince has had a fundamental impact on the way in which the socialist and communist movements understand the hegemony of the bourgeoisie and the chances for revolution.

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