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The Prince and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli 1593080603 9781593080600
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The Prince and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli

One of historys greatest political philosophers,Niccol Machiavelliis notorious for his treatiseThe Prince, which has become a cornerstone of modern political theory. Written in 1513 and published in 1532, after Machivellis death,The Princeimmediately provoked controversy that has continued unabated to this day. Defining human nature as inherently selfish, Machiavelli proposes that social conflict and violence are natural phenomena that help determine the ablest, most versatile form of government. Asserting that idealism has no place in the political arena,The Princeprimarily addresses a monarchs difficulties in retaining authority. Considered the first expression of political realism, it has often been accused of advocating a political philosophy in which the end justifies the means. Indeed the emphasis inThe Princeon practical success, at the expense even of traditional moral values, earned Machiavelli a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty. Many scholars contend, however, that the authors pragmatic views of ethics and politics reflected the realities of his time, as exemplified by the Medici family of Florence. Debates about Machiavellis theories are as lively today as they were 450 years ago, but no one questions the importance of his fundamental contribution to Western political thought. This newly translated edition also includes MachiavellisLetter to Francesco Vettori,The Life of Castruccio Castracani, and excerpts from theDiscourses on Livy.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Language: English

Edition: Trade Paperback Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics

Publication Date: 2003-10-01

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ISBN: 1593080603

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