Machiavelli's, 'Necessita' and 'Fortuna' Essay

Machiavelli's, 'Necessita' and 'Fortuna'
What roles do "necessita" and "fortuna" play in Machiavelli's politics, and how are the two related to each other.
# 4889 | 2,040 words | 6 sources | APA | 2001 | AU
Published on May 29, 2002 in Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo) , History (General)

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This paper discusses Machiavelli's political outlooks and specifically the roles of chance and necessity in politics. While necessity is paramount in Machiavelli's political ideology, his life and writings are consistently troubled by the presence of the "supernatural" force of "Fortuna." Although in his writings, especially "The Prince" he attempts to instruct would-be rulers on how to prepare for, accommodate and tame fortune in order to turn it to their advantage, he concedes that the will of the goddess is sometimes unavoidable. However, Machiavelli's works were written during violent times. Times of conflict and instability. His work principally concedes that the world and society is inherently flawed, and he attempts to devise measures and procedures to somewhat remedy the ills that they experienced.Machiavelli received lots of criticism and stigma because of his profound ideals with with the author agrees.

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" Almost all commentators on Machiavelli say that his principal innovation, and the essence of this method, was to "divorce politics from ethics". Thereby he broke sharply with the Aristotelian tradition, which had dominated medieval political thought. His method, they grant, freed politics to become more scientific and objective in its study of human behavior; but it was most dangerous because, through it, politics was released from "control" by ethical conceptions of what is right and good."

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