The Prince - ▪ p. 48-criticizes past philosophers for...

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Machiavelli: The Prince Presentation: Wrote The Prince to return to politics and get in good graces with the ruling family. However they were indifferent to it. Chapters 4-14 (Advice) once you take over a place, have to make sure that whoever was in charge before has to be gone prince has to have ultimate power cold logic most important chapter:8 the wicked actions-see where his morality lies morality doesn't have a place in politics balance between power and glory must be respected to be a good leader glory can only be attained through virtue cruelty can be used in smaller doses because its better to inflict on a smaller amount of people Chapters 15-23 (Qualities) a ruler must know the art of war policies and principals a ruler ought to follow in dealing with subjects or friends
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Unformatted text preview: ▪ p. 48-criticizes past philosophers for basing ideologies on imaginary republics (i.e. kalipolis) ◦ balance between good and bad ▪ never fear being called bad ◦ generosity ▪ cant be too generous ◦ cruelty ▪ don't be so compassionate ▪ is it better to be feared or loved? • Both; but if you chose one its better to be feared ◦ Trust- keeping your word Discussion: • Image ◦ appearance and politics/power ◦ image is what generates the power ◦ ANYONE can become a ruler ▪ to learn it is a skill/technique, not something you are born with ◦ Only ecclesiastical principalities • Religion ◦ religion gives people morality...
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course COCI C1102 taught by Professor Tarikamar during the Spring '11 term at Columbia College.

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