Classical republicanism

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Classical republicanism   renaissance attempt to understand good governance Civic virtue leads to liberty; the common good  Rule of law (Cicero, etc) – law as a check on internal corruption Nature of man; purpose of government; virtue of the prince (the common  good) What is virtue?  Distinguishes morality from politics, creates a ‘science’(ancients v.  moderns)  o Politics a/b security, rights…a lowering of the standards of politics  (no longer about the attainment of happiness, virtue) Machiavellian Assumption: a citizenry is composed of simpleminded  creatures; little attention must be heeded to internal affairs Machiavellian attempt to establish universal laws for the art of statecraft… The parity of Machiavelli…but is one’s writing not a manifestation of one’s  character and convictions??  o **Refutal of counterargument  The notion that it is but human nature to have the desire to acquire 
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