Machiavelli - positions and power to the people so that...

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Machiavelli -states must adapt to the circumstances/conditions which present themselves -best society is a republic with a strong military, the citizen-soldier cares whereas the hired soldier doesn’t care as much -collective virtu: interest of city state, should dominate over individuals -liberty is not about individuals rights tarquins? -greeks: virtue is in the city state, can only achieve virtue by being a good citizen -Machiavelli: doesn’t have the notion of the city state as a center for personal education, doesn’t talk about values just ethics, also rejects Christian morality -renaissance humanism for Machiavelli, man not god is the center of the universe. -focus on what is going on in an individual’s world, not just the path to heaven Believes in the superiority of a republic versus a principality The perfect of government will have a prince-like figure, with nobles holding office
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Unformatted text preview: positions and power to the people so that each has a check Government of the people is better than that of a prince because a prince will act in his own best interest whereas the public act in the interest of the common good There must be a guardianship of liberty placed in the hands of the commons (as opposed to the nobles) because they have more at stake (freedom) in guarding liberty Laws are important and there must be a system by which a man can make an accusation and disputes can be settled The majority of the Machiavelli article, in my opinion, was not so much about a republic as it was a comparison between the governments of Sparta and Venice, and Rome. And more or less picking which methods work the best. Of course he does point out that Rome is the one true republic but it seems that is the case only through a mixture of Spartan and Venetian methods...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course POLISCI 374 taught by Professor Mcfall during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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