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14. Machiavelli III - Lecture#14 POL 200 Y 1 Political...

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Lecture #14 26/01/12 POL 200 Y 1 Political Theory Machiavelli III: What Machiavelli Wasn’t: -A two-bit cynic. -Many of students last year felt M was a cynic. -Suggests ineptitude on whoever was teaching the class. -An excuse for avoiding serious thought. -Cynics flatter themselves by denying the existence of greatness. -M admired human greatness in Chapter 6. -If M seeks to overturn the status quo, it is because he knows a better way. Chapter 6: - One of the greatest passages in Western thought, world-breaking and world-making. -Machiavelli’s vortex, a vision of human life so radical that his modern successors had trouble catching up with it. -Theme is the greatest political examples. -Emphasis on radical newness. Men who depended on no one, but on which nations depended. -Contemporary equivalents: Lenin, Stalin, Mao. -Humans beings larger than life, greater than any other human beings. -These examples are sinister from a liberal-democratic view. American children were taught to revere people such as Abraham Lincoln, his memorial modelled after Greek shrines. -M is not suggesting Lorenzo is in this league, they are not leaders of fortune.
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