Morality in "The Prince"
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The paper explains Machiavelli's argument in his book "The Prince" that the course of leadership will require the leader to make decisions and engage in activities which can be perceived as "not good." The paper further explains how Machiavelli advocated the implementation of such 'evil' if the actions could be proven as being for the eventual good of the subjected. The paper then analyzes how Machiavelli's work was a reflection of the discontent in his times with the ideological hegemony of the church, its values and the feudal system.
From the Paper:"In The Prince, the thinker indulges in an evaluation of the qualities that constitute a suitable leader with a thoughtful analysis not on that which it means to be 'good' or 'not good' but instead on that which justifies appealing to either as a matter of pragmatism in rulership. His perspective is unique in that it does not rely on the conventional code of Judeo-Christian ethic in order to shape a regimen of conduct. This tradition, which has informed no small number of philosophers in their attempt to better understand ethical orientation. By contrast, the Machiavellian view on conduct is very much instructed by what the author considers to be the necessary and pragmatic realities of rulership. As such, the 'evils' of poor leadership differ from those 'evils' committed between men insofar as the goals of a leader, he argues, sharply contrast those of an individual. It is thus that Machiavelli begins to build an exception to codified rationales constructing morality, instead arguing that the course of leadership will often require the leader to make decisions, engage activities and initiate processes which, to some, might be perceived or experienced as "not good.""
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