PS1101E - The Prince - Two sets of arguments, one revolving...

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Two sets of arguments, one revolving about the challenges faced by a prince, the other around the duties of a prince Challenges: People ain't no good. Impossible for a person to be entirely virtuous. List of opposites demonstrate that virtues can neither be entire possessed nor observed ? Many gray areas, especially when it comes to ethics and virtue. Obedience can be bought! But this is not so for loyalty. Duties: A prince must strive to keep his subjects united and loyal. Always the duty first! Perhaps striving to be loved is not all that it's cracked up to be? Florentine example suggests that this could be motivated by vanity rather than virtue. A prince has to be cautious when protecting his people. By being cruel, he is placing the state above himself! Selflessness is good! When a prince is with his army and has under control a multitude of soldiers, then it is quite necessary for him to disregard the reputation of cruelty, for without it he would never hold his army united or disposed to its duties
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2010 for the course PS PS1101E taught by Professor Erikmobrand during the Fall '09 term at National University of Singapore.

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PS1101E - The Prince - Two sets of arguments, one revolving...

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