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October 7 LectureAshley ThomasTo Machiavelli, The good is out of reach of human hands; unattainableThe best kind of polity is also out of reachBest polity/kind of state that can exist in some kind of equilibrium without changing is completely out of reachMachiavelli’s premise is that we have to figure out a way to think about politics in a way to design or craft the best polity possible under the circumstancesKnows that there is going to be changeAssumes that all human affairs are always changing, always threat your facing, always compromises you must makeBoth paths neither of which are good, find a path that is slightly better, is going to have unintended and inevitably bad consequencesHistorical change produced by nonhuman forces: sickness, landscapesFortune : helps or hinders whatever plan you might haveFiguring out how to use fortune, manipulate it, deal with it/what to do about itContrast to Plato, presumption that change is human condition and that we have to deal with itOBJECTIVE: Teach Lorenzo/ give him advice, acquire, maintain, and to govern his principalityAdvice on how to maintain principality against unrelenting forces of luck, fortune, and historyDedication to the Prince: Offers own knowledge of historical deeds of great men.Knowledge that he offers is also his claim to originality. Put the reader on alert.Suggests something about his own perspective: Takes perspective of the nobles, but he doesn’t adopt the vantage point of the people throughout the book.

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