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  • A Women of Castiglione's the Courtier and Machiavelli's the Prince

    A Women of Castiglione's the Courtier and Machiavelli's the Prince

    Essay on Woman Leader Machiavelli and Castiglione both present the epitome of perfection in their topics of leadership and the way a women should be, respectively. In the case of Castiglione's work, it is stated by signor Gaspare that " the way people sometimes hanker after things that are impossible and miraculous, rather then explain them you (Magnifico) have wished them into existence." This quote is true of both excerpts. Both have created idealisms that

    Essay Length: 874 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: March 16, 2009 By: Tommy
  • Machiavelli


    "The term Machiavellian refers to someone who is unscrupulous, cunning, cynical, and unprincipled"(Goods 1998). Many scholars agree that this particular adjective would have dismayed Niccolo Machiavelli, the man from whom the term is derived. In reality he has been attributed as being one of the brightest lights of the Italian Renaissance through his works as not only a writer, but also as an influential philosopher of history and political thought. His most famous work The

    Essay Length: 1,658 Words / 7 Pages
    Submitted: March 19, 2009 By: Fatih
  • Machiavelli: Violence as a Powerful Tool

    Machiavelli: Violence as a Powerful Tool

    Securing power and order of a state has been the focus of ancient political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli’s writings. His most famous writing “The Prince” fortified his untraditional views on how to successfully rule a state. He recognizes through his realist views, that human nature causes a need for any degree of violence required to maintain power, and order in a state. This paper will expose how Machiavelli viewed violence as a necessary, yet moderated tool

    Essay Length: 783 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: November 16, 2009 By: Fonta
  • Machiavelli's Prince

    Machiavelli's Prince

    Machiavelli’s “Prince” is a unique historical work, as a letter written to Lorenzo Medici, but most of the work is meant for anyone who is able to understand. While the book was meant to serve as a guide for what characteristics the ideal ruler of a country would hold, he also hoped that the letter would bring him back in favor of the Medici’s who had previous exiled him. Machiavelli never dictates what or who

    Essay Length: 990 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: November 18, 2009 By: Steve
  • Plato V. Machiavelli

    Plato V. Machiavelli

    Is a just person the best choice for a ruler; many philosophers have laid out different ways in which they believe a society should be ran whether it be a single ruler such as a prince or multiple rulers like philosophy kings. Machiavelli intended for a society/principality to be ruled a strong ruler whether he be just or unjust, moral or immoral; whereas Plato believed for a society to work a just ruler such as

    Essay Length: 1,543 Words / 7 Pages
    Submitted: November 18, 2009 By: Vika
  • Machiavelli’s the Prince

    Machiavelli’s the Prince

    The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman and author and prominent figure of the Renaissance, was born on May 3rd, 1469. His father was Bernardo di Niccoli, who belonged to an impoverished part of an old Florentine family, and there is little recorded about his youth. It was in the independent city-state of Florence that he began an active career as a politician as a young man, becoming part of important diplomatic missions throughout Europe.

    Essay Length: 1,404 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: November 19, 2009 By: Andrew
  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Niccolo Machiavelli

    Niccolo Machiavelli is perhaps one of the most influential political philosophers in history. Machiavelli's greatest piece of writing The Prince presents a view that is completely paradoxical to the accepted model on how a ruler governs his or her state. Where as most people felt that a ruler should be a kind and adored ruler, Machiavelli holds a very derogatory view on the nature of human beings and feels that rulers would have more security

    Essay Length: 257 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: November 22, 2009 By: Janna
  • President Machiavelli Bush

    President Machiavelli Bush

    President Machiavelli Bush George W. Bush, our current President, must keep a copy of Machiavelli’s most celebrated work, “The Prince “(1513), on his desk in the Oval Office. In my opinion, Bush and his administration’s actions mimic Machiavelli’s advice to the Prince on the tactics that he should use to stay in power. I am going to discuss how President Bush uses Machiavellian principles. My first example is of Bush’s “War on Terror”. In 2001,

    Essay Length: 992 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: November 26, 2009 By: regina
  • Machiavelli’s the Prince

    Machiavelli’s the Prince

    In chapter 21 Machiavelli writes about how a leader should bear himself so as to acquire reputation. He gives an example of a Spanish king who in the beginning of his reign attacked Granada. The king was able to keep his barons occupied with the war abroad while he built his reputation at home, leading to increased influence over his subjects. Machiavelli also asserts it is important for leaders to make their allegiances know in

    Essay Length: 293 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: November 28, 2009 By: Vika
  • Introducing Machiavelli

    Introducing Machiavelli

    Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy, he went through his childhood peacefully with no regrets while receiving the best humanist schooling of his day. After returning to Florence in 1494, Machiavelli witnessed the oligarchic rulers of Florence, who ruled for many decades, fall. The French invaded Florence, the Medici’s were banished in disgrace by angry citizens. The republic lasted from 1494 to 1512. Its effective ruler in the first

    Essay Length: 869 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: December 3, 2009 By: Bred
  • An Introduction to Machiavelli

    An Introduction to Machiavelli

    Niccolт Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian historian, statesman, and political philosopher, whose amoral, but influential writings on statecraft have turned his name into a synonym for cunning and duplicity. Born in Florence on May 3, 1469, Machiavelli entered government service as a clerk and rose to prominence when the Florentine Republic was proclaimed in 1498. He was secretary of the ten-man council that conducted the diplomatic negotiations and supervised the military operations of the republic, and his

    Essay Length: 599 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: December 5, 2009 By: Tasha
  • Plato Vs Machiavelli

    Plato Vs Machiavelli

    Of the many disparities between Plato and Machiavelli, the distinction of virtue versus virtu sticks out like a sore thumb. Virtue was the political bases for Plato: All men should behave virtuously at all times. Whereas Machiavelli believed virtu was the basis for political prowess. What was best for the state as a whole was the main concern, and the ends always justified the means. Plato’s object was the creation of a utopian society--a civilization

    Essay Length: 1,049 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: December 6, 2009 By: Venidikt
  • Machiavelli Different Positions on Government

    Machiavelli Different Positions on Government

    Throughout modern history societies have debated as to which is the ideal form of government rule. All the major philosophers have put forth their thoughts and ideas on politics as described in their published works, yet these philosophers could not agree on the single ideal form of government. In some instances philosophers even disagreed with themselves as described in the different texts that they wrote. For example, the political thinker/philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, described two radically

    Essay Length: 1,687 Words / 7 Pages
    Submitted: December 8, 2009 By: Mike
  • Machiavelli’s Teachings

    Machiavelli’s Teachings

    President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 January 17, 2003 Dear Mr. President, My name is Clifford I. Cazeau and I am writing to you to advise you about the way your politics are working. In my ninth grade World History course we have been studying the ways and politics of Machiavelli. As an assignment in the class, we are required to advise you about your troubles of not

    Essay Length: 511 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: December 10, 2009 By: Stenly
  • Machiavelli’s Ideals

    Machiavelli’s Ideals

    1) Soon after the Savonarola regime fell, one of the first to lose their jobs was Braccessi. Machiavelli replaced his post as the second chancellor of the Florentine republic as the republic of Florence sought to fill the most prestigious seats in the city government with humanists. Soon after this regime fell, Machiavelli was accused of contributing to anti-Medici sentiment. He was tortured but maintained his innocence and was eventually freed, exiled to a location

    Essay Length: 1,775 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: December 11, 2009 By: Venidikt
  • Machiavelli: Principality and Republic

    Machiavelli: Principality and Republic

    Machiavelli: Principality and Republic Among the most widely-read of the Renaissance thinkers was Niccolт Machiavelli, a Florentine politician who retired from public service to write at length on the skill required for successfully running the state. Impatient with abstract reflections on the way things "ought" to be, Machiavelli focused on the way things are, illustrating his own intensely practical convictions with frequent examples from the historical record. Although he shared with other humanists a profound

    Essay Length: 491 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: December 12, 2009 By: Jack
  • Machiavelli’s as Humanist: Examples and the Lessons He Learns

    Machiavelli’s as Humanist: Examples and the Lessons He Learns

    Machiavelli as a Humanist: Examples and Lessons Learned Sydni M.Eicke Hum100 013016 June 1, 2008 Niccolo Machiavelli a Renaissance thinker? or Political Philosopher? Machiavelli went from poverty to a Florentine politician by observing what leaders do wrong and guiding others on how to gain, maintain and streamline power. Machiavelli’s intellectual life was dominated by three men: Marsilio Ficino, Angelo Poliziano, and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. These famous men were part of Machiavelli’s day-to-day life, as

    Essay Length: 1,955 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: December 15, 2009 By: regina
  • Machiavelli Prince

    Machiavelli Prince

    The evolution of modern politics is strongly influenced by Machiavelli’s tactics in The Prince. The fast nature, smooth talking, and lack of original thought seen in modern politics is evident in Machiavelli’s work. It is a small but powerful thing to gain favor in politics, and Machiavelli accomplishes this well throughout The Prince. In applying his brain to assume a logical means to keep the status quo a political roadmap is created. Giving this

    Essay Length: 601 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: December 16, 2009 By: Venidikt
  • Democracy and Machiavelli

    Democracy and Machiavelli

    In Machiavelli's The Prince, hints of future democratic theories can be pulled out of Machiavelli's plan for the success of a prince of a state. Within Machiavelli's concentration of plotting out successful achievement of a stabilized state within a principality, he often reveals the importance of the satisfaction the people within the governing walls of that principality. One of the themes to Machiavelli's plan included the dismissal of the affection of virtue of the nobility

    Essay Length: 365 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: December 23, 2009 By: Monika
  • Machiavelli’s the Prince

    Machiavelli’s the Prince

    In Machiavelli's 'The Prince', Machiavelli points out many aspects on human nature. His view is that humans are evil and conniving. He is at an extreme, but not so far off. He believes that a leader must be evil and scheme in order to keep power. He also explains that in order to keep power, in any state of affairs, it is necessary that a leader can be immoral in order to preserve his status.

    Essay Length: 1,246 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: December 25, 2009 By: Stenly
  • Machiavelli’s Conception of Virtu and Fortuna

    Machiavelli’s Conception of Virtu and Fortuna

    Machiavelli's conception of virtu and fortuna Niccolo Machiavelli is considered the father of modern political science. Living in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century's, Machiavelli was a citizen of the city-state of Florence where he served as a secretary to the city council and as a diplomatic envoy for 14 years. The Prince was published five years after his death and is regarded as his most famous work. The Prince is an articulate and precise

    Essay Length: 516 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: December 25, 2009 By: Jessica
  • A Compare and Contrast of Thomas Moore’s Utopia and Machiavelli's the Prince

    A Compare and Contrast of Thomas Moore’s Utopia and Machiavelli's the Prince

    Just vs. Viable To be just is to be fair and honorable. Kids are taught that if you are kind and just you will excel and be successful. But life’s not fair and being just doesn’t necessary mean that a society will stand the test of time and be able to grow. The two different societies introduced in More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince are very different and although More’s Utopian society would be considered

    Essay Length: 953 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: December 27, 2009 By: Janna
  • Machiavelli


    The Church accused Niccolo Machiavelli of being Satan for writing his book The Prince. Machiavelli completed The Prince in 1513. He wrote it as a gift to Lorenzo Medici, called the Magnificent, ruler of Florence. The political views Machiavelli expressed in his book went against the theology of the Church, specifically the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Machiavelli wrote to gain control of a principality one must be brutal. (I)f you are a prince in

    Essay Length: 901 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: December 27, 2009 By: Mike
  • Reflection on Machiavelli

    Reflection on Machiavelli

    Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. Florence was considered one of the most dominant Italian power to conquer. It was the main attraction for the renaissance's influences. Throughout the years, Machiavelli's presence was around the time that both the French and Spanish armies were fighting over the control of Italy. During this time, Italy was falling apart because it was deficient in leadership. Machiavelli served 14 years as Chancellor of Florence

    Essay Length: 846 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: January 4, 2010 By: Jon
  • Machiavelli and Hobbes

    Machiavelli and Hobbes

    Machiavelli and Hobbes To be successful, one must have the appearance of virtuousness, but not necessarily be virtuous. At least, this appears to be true according to Niccolo Machiavelli's works. Machiavelli's idea of the virtuous republican citizen may be compared to Hobbes' idea of a person who properly understands the nature and basis of sovereign political power. Hobbes' ideas seem to suggest that most anyone can claim rightful authority as there is a belief in

    Essay Length: 1,477 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: January 4, 2010 By: regina

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