the prince notes.docx - Intro Machianvelli\u2014renaissance Florence 1469-1527 Effectual real truth rather than abstract truths of moral goodness Good gov

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Intro Machianvelli—renaissance Florence 1469-1527 Effectual, real truth rather than abstract truths of moral goodness Good gov requires skillful use of cruelty and deception to take what belongs to others; abandonment of moral principles from christianity Untrustworthiness, cruelty, stinginess useful to ruler Favored republican gov over princes; legitimate power in hands of citizens Political circumstances-- struggles between papacy and Roman Empire; series of foreign invasions of Italian peninsula 1494 Large central government lessened, smaller towns created local governments Papal imperialism aggressive Call for new prince to lead Italy out of despair—simple political survival in unpredictable time requires unusual adaptability and a willingness to break with traditional ways Intellectual context Renaissance humanism—study of antiquity o Not self-professed humanist, but has humanist qualities Fascinated by epicureans—no human soul
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