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Virtue According to Niccolo Machiavelli
Compares Machiavelli's notion of virtue to Thomas Hobbes's notion of virtue.
# 53899 | 1,703 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper compares and contrasts the different political concepts of virtue as put forth in Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Hobbes's "Leviathan". The paper also explains Machiavelli's belief that power can only be attained by the use of force verses Hobbes's belief that political power is achieved through the obligation and liberty of those being ruled. Furthermore, this paper discusses the differing ideas Machiavelli and Hobbes held concerning the goals of government. Finally, the paper looks at the film about the Salem witch trials, "The Crucible", and explains how the tenets posited by both Machiavelli and Hobbes can be seen in the social atmosphere portrayed in the film.

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