Comparing Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's The Republic Many people in history have written about ideal rulers and states and how to maintain them. Perhaps the most talked about and compared are Machiavelli's, The Prince and Plato's, The Republic. Machiavelli lived at a time when Italy was suffering from its political destruction. The Prince, was written to describe the ways by which a leader may gain and maintain power. In Plato?s The Republic, he unravels the definition of justice.
Although Plato taught Aristotle in an academy in Athens they have very diverse views on many metaphysical principles. Comparing and contrasting the metaphysical views of Plato and Aristotle benefits any individual wishing to understand ancient, as well as modern views and concepts of this significant branch of philosophy. Plato was the pupil of the ancient philosopher, Socrates. Plato’s undertaking was to the existence of a special class of existence known as “ideas” known as Forms. Plato was able
an individualisation of its content. In culture and society there develop two processes that meet each other. The first one, according to Hegel, is coming of a person to the universal experience and knowledge, because a person is never born the one s/he has to be. The second is subjectivization of the universal experience and knowledge into unique and singular forms of the self and self-consciousness. Looking at education from these two points of view allows one to reveal hermeneutic meanings of