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14 jan political theroy

14 jan political theroy - Neutrality in Science case...

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1/14/10 Neutrality in Science case studies-"empirical" free of morality—simple observation without judgment; written in an ''amoral spirit." If you pursue empirical knowledge, it will be useful . (Chapter XV—wants to write something useful). Useful for what/whom? Innovators anti-traditionalists bias against tradition chooses success over morals Is the term "new prince" divorced from morals? It seems so, but the movement from "tyrant" to "new prince" moves it towards approval. Not to mention, he praises them at times. Evidence for amorality (neutrality) in Machiavelli's writing Science is about how to do things , technical knowledge. Machiavelli is a "technician of power." Mere exposition of technical knowledge—implies neutrality. Could also be expanding technical knowledge of republics, as well. Chapters 3, 4, 5—about conquest Chapter III—case study—France tries to take over Italy (which was a "tempting prize" to neighbors). What the King could or should have done to succeed—could be useful for the next French King. Chapter XIX—conspiracies largest chapter in the book coups, revolutions, etc. Learn how to carry one out or how to prevent one—depends on how you use the knowledge Discourses Book I, Chapter VI Rome and Sparta Fundamentally very different.
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