Machiavelli & Thomas More Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Machiavelli & Thomas More
Compares their views on human nature as presented in "The Prince" & "Utopia".
# 10273 | 1,125 words | 2 sources | 2001 | US

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"This study will compare the views of Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas More on human nature. More in Utopia and Machiavelli in The Prince present views which stand in stark contrast to one another, emphasizing More's generally more positive view and Machiavelli's decidedly more negative view.
Unlike the cynical Machiavelli, More believed human nature to be good, created by God, and susceptible to great improvement if social, political, and economic conditions were reformed so that human misery were eliminated and that fundamental human virtue were thereby liberated and nurtured. More believed in socialism insofar as it would eliminate private property, which he saw as the root of evil. He believed that when private property exists, and when money dominates all other considerations, then "it is hardly ever possible for a..."

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