October 5 Lecture - October 5th 2015 Machiavelli 1469-1527...

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October 5th, 2015 Machiavelli 1469-1527 o Unlike Plato’s Republic, starts on the actual ground of things o Actual historical record o Machiavelli writes it as politics is, rather than what it should be o Had the public role of a theorist of Florence o Machiavellian: Dishonest, manipulative, scheming, cunning, will do absolutely anything to get ahead, power hungry, immoral, amoral (have no moral compass), confuse morality with his own power (Thrasymachus) o Definition different from Machiavelli himself o Leader who rules in the common good: Anti-Machiavellian o Advocate and lover of republican forms of government o Republic: Representative of the people Combines representation of the nobles and of the people and mixes other forms of government Combines elements of aristocracy (senate in ancient rome), democracy (ruled by the people, tribunes) mixes the forms Reason why roman republic lasted as long as it did o Interpretations of his work are so radically different Machiavelli’s principle concepts in back of blue book o

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