Comparing Machiavelli Essays

  • Comparing Machiavelli and Hobbes

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    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 God, and one can under Hobbes

  • Comparing the Secular Humanist, Machiavelli and the Religious Humanist, Erasmus

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    Comparing the Secular Humanist, Machiavelli and the Religious Humanist, Erasmus One can often identify a person's political, religious or cultural orientation by his or her reaction to certain words. A case in point is the expression "secular humanism." For religious conservatives those words sum up much of what is wrong with contemporary society. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary gives several definitions for humanism, a word which made its appearance in 1832. The first is "a devotion

  • Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli Two of the greatest philosophers of all time are Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli. Hobbes was born in 1588 in England, when absolutism was taking hold in Europe. His most famous work was 'Leviathan', written in 1651. Hobbes discussed the ideal state and innate laws of man and nature, among other things. Machiavelli was born in Italy in 1469, a time when his home country was ruled mostly by foreign powers. His hometown, Florence, was still independent

  • Comparing Machiavelli And Immanuel Kant

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    and that is because we are being scrutinized in everything that we do. However, the one that takes most of the heat are the ones that are in charge. In the reading selections by Niccolo Machiavelli and Immanuel Kant, these two details on how an ideal ruler should lead and behave. To begin with, Machiavelli explains that all men, especially princes have different qualities and that these characteristics are how the outsiders judge them. “Some, for example, are held to be generous, and others

  • Essay Comparing Machiavelli And Han Feizi

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    Both Machiavelli and Han Feizi are well known for the harsh pragmatism of their political regimes. In order to ascertain the security of the state, the apparatus of the ruler, and the ruler himself, they argue that the head of state must maintain a cruel yoke over his subjects. Otherwise, clemency might be mistaken for weakness, compassion for stupidity, and the budding state will be quickly overthrown by a crueler or more powerful sovereign, or riven by the internal strife of squabbling factions

  • Comparing Human Nature In Hobbes And Machiavelli

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    Human Nature in Hobbes and Machiavelli and the use of a Sovereign for Peace or Power The philosophers Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli, both speak of humans in their natural state, and how they are self-centred and greedy. Hobbes, in his work Leviathan, goes on to show that in order to control human nature, society must elect for a sovereign to rule and serve as the head, to represent the entire population. In contrast, Machiavelli in The Prince, shows how even with the sovereign in place,

  • Comparing The Prince By Machiavelli And Utopia By Thomas More

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    The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents

  • Comparing Machiavelli’s Principles and the Ten Commandments

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    Comparing Machiavelli’s Principles and the Ten Commandments Machiavelli is undisputedly one of the most influential political philosophers of all time. In The Prince, his most well-known work, he relates clearly and precisely how a decisive, intelligent man can gain and maintain power in a region. This work is revolutionary because it flies in the face of the Christian morality which let the Roman Catholic Church hold onto Europe for centuries. Machiavelli's work not only ignores the medieval

  • Comparing Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's The Republic

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    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. 

  • Comparing and Contrasting Mirandolla and Machiavelli

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    This compare and contrast essay will focus on the views of leadership between Mirandolla and Machiavelli. Mirandolla believes that leadership should not be false and that it should follow the rule of reason. He believes that leaders should strive for the heavens and beyond. On the other hand, Machiavelli believed that leadership comes to those who are crafty and forceful. He believed that leaders do not need to be merciful, humane, faithful or religious; they only need to pretend to have all these

  • Morality: Comparing Hobbes and Machiavelli

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    One of the main premises of Leviathan and The Prince is morality. Where morality comes from, how it affects people under a political structure and how human nature contributes or doesn’t to morality. Hobbes and Machiavelli differ widely on each subject. Machiavelli’s views on morality, based upon a literal interpretation of the satire The Prince, is very much a practical and realistic approach to the nature of morality and human nature. Hobbes’ views, based in Leviathan, are of a more idealistic

  • Comparing Machiavelli And Augustine's Discourses

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    Essay 2 On Machiavelli and Augustine The Church dominated political thought through thinkers such as Augustine and Aquinas. In The Prince and The Discourses, Machiavelli breaks from the early Christian tradition of thinkers such as Augustine in his work City of God. Augustine lays out the characteristics of a good Christian leader while Machiavelli issues a scathing criticism of such characteristics and the Christian faith in general. Augustine takes a moral approach while Machiavelli remains rather

  • Comparing Machiavelli And Piico's Views Of Human Nature

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    culture. (Wikipedia)” When discussing Machiavelli and Pico’s views on human nature one may notice that their views are completely opposite. In this essay I will discuss how Machiavelli and Pico would view the characters in Hamlet. Machiavelli sees human nature as a negative, whereas Pico sees human nature as a positive aspect in life. Each of the two has done works in their time of life that expressed their ideas of the man and their actions. One of Machiavelli works includes The Prince and one of

  • Machiavelli

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    be watched. Vince Lombardi says, "Leaders are made, they are not born; and they are made just like anything else has every been made in this country - by hard work."" (Sugarman). Great leader must be seen as being great not actually being one. Machiavelli suggests this idea in D1. To seem to have the qualities is necessary as opposed to having the qualities without the people knowing about them. This is true for all leaders not just political. D1 suggests flexibility is needed, "… but you must have

  • A Women Of Castigliones The Courtier And Machiavellis The Prince

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    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 are of perfection; however, both

  • Changing Interpretations of The Prince and Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Changing Interpretations of The Prince and Niccolo Machiavelli After five hundred years, Niccolo Machiavelli the man has ceased to exist. In his place is merely an entity, one that is human, but also something that is far above one. The debate over his political ideologies and theories has elevated him to a mythical status summed up in one word: Machiavelli. His family name has evolved into an adjective in the English language in its various forms. Writers and pundit’s bandy about this new

  • Machiavelli vs Islamic political thought

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    Machiavelli vs Islamic Political Thought Niccolo Machiavelli was a political realist. He thought there were certain skills and characteristics needed to become a political ruler. In his work, The Prince, Machiavelli gives advice on how to be a successful prince, or ruler. “Successful” is partly based on how powerful a ruler was during his lifetime (reign), but largely based on how much the prince affected the lives, through laws or societal norms, of future generations. Machiavelli was mainly interested

  • Inequality in Machiavelli's The Prince, More's Utopia, and Las Casas' Account of the Destruction of the Indies

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    eyes and our universal morals encourage the understanding and compassion necessary for our diverse world to live together peacefully with equality among all humans. Only in this practice will we truly learn what our humanity is. Works Cited Machiavelli, Niccoló. The Prince. New York: Penguin Classics, 1999. More, Thomas. Utopia. New York: Penguin Classics, 1965.

  • Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature

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    Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature "[I]t is necessary for a prince to know well how to use the beast and the man." (Machiavelli, The Prince, p. 69[1]). In this swift blow, Niccolò Machiavelli seems to strike down many visions of morality put up on pedestals by thinkers before his time. He doesn't turn to God or to some sort of common good for his political morality. Instead, he turns to the individual?more specifically, self-preservation in a position of power. Machiavelli's

  • Machiavelli On The Iraq War

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    Bush’s decision to engage a war in Iraq, but there might be greater reason why the decision was made. The ideas of George W. Bush might have been sculpted by one of the greatest works of all time, "The Prince." "The Prince," written by Niccolo Machiavelli in 1513, is a political treatise addressed to the Medici family of Florentine. "The Prince" was written to analyze and explain the acquisition, perpetuation, and use of political power in the west. Machiavelli’s theories in the work describe methods