week 2 reading response - Macciavellis statements contrast...

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The Prince , Macciavelli In terms of the history of human rights, Miacciavelli’s The Prince provides us with the opinions of an Italian Renaissance politician. According to Macciavelli, a prince must not hesitate when it comes to being cruel to an individual for it creates order amongst a community, and therefore benefits the majority. Macciavelli continues to argue that showing mercy cultivates disorder, and thus harms the overall community. He justifies cruel orders by saying that merciful acts, “as a rule injure the whole community, while the executions carried out by the prince injure only one individual.”
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Unformatted text preview: Macciavellis statements contrast what I consider to be todays human rights standards, Majority rule, minority rights. This take on human rights stands by the opinion that the ruler should always do what benefits the majority, as long as it does not impede upon the rights of the minority. This contrast in opinions shows us the development of human rights since the 16 th century. During the renaissance, human rights were perhaps less developed. The period held the greater good above all else without care for the rights of the individual....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course L&S 140D taught by Professor Laqueur during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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