Hobbes' and Machiavelli's Humanist Governing Principles
This paper compares and contrasts humanistic governing principles in "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli and "The Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes.
# 102561 | 2,263 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Mar 27, 2008 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo) , Religion and Theology (General) , Ethics (General)
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The paper discusses how Machiavelli and Hobbes analyze the dictates of governing institutions, religion and ethics. The paper shows how these two philosophers often agree, but differ on varying principles of practicality for humanistic governing bodies. The paper shows the complexity of rational thought that exists between Hobbes and Machiavelli and explains how the nature of ethics becomes a dynamic that divides them.
From the Paper:"The manner of politics that one can see in The Prince by Machiavelli reveals much about the cruel, and often-lawless manner of governing that seeks to suppress the people being ruled by their leaders. He makes little argument for unrealistic manners of ethical guidance that might smooth over these forceful behaviors of the leading class. By these means he tells us much about how rules matter little in the quest for power and dominance over the lesser classes. In starting, Machiavelli refused to be deflected by utopian dreams or romantic hopes and by questions of right and wrong or good and bad in government. This is how Hobbes and Machiavelli compare, since they both seek realism in their quest to discover the best and most efficient way to rule."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hobbes, Thomas. "The Leviathan." 2003. Oregon State University, 2007. Available at http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/hobbes/leviathan-contents.html
- Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. New York: Dover, 1992.
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