Machiavelli's Political Philosophy Analytical Essay by Nicky

Machiavelli's Political Philosophy
A review of Niccolo Machiavelli's guidelines for leadership in his treatise "The Prince".
# 145832 | 1,163 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper outlines Niccolo Machiavelli's philosophy in "The Prince" that aims to establish political stability via a strong and charismatic central authority. The paper describes how Machiavelli defines and measures virtue and looks at how Machiavellian political philosophy shares some features in common with utilitarianism. The paper examines the role of fear in the leaders' rule and looks at how Machiavelli addresses the topic of fortune and its effect on rulers and their states.

From the Paper:

"For Machiavelli, virtue is defined in terms of results, and not in terms of a personal ethic. A Machiavellian ruler does whatever necessary for the health and well being of the state. Dishonesty or militarism may be parts of the leader's toolbox; and yet so might clemency (Chapter 17). Virtue is not based at all on the righteousness of a ruler's actions, but on the results of those actions. A Machiavellian ruler need not ascribe to any religious or moral code unless that code empowers the Prince. Therefore, virtue is not explicitly defined in terms of moral absolutes. Machiavelli's morality is conditional, and so is the author's definition of virtue."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Machiavelli, Nicolo. The Prince. 1515. Translated by W. K. Marriott. 1908. Retrieved Jan 31, 2009 from

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