Philosophy Of Niccolo Machiavelli

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The Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince and The Discourses J.Priyanka Dalagan & Louray Maria L. Rizon - September 14, 2015 Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito INTRODUCTION HISTORICAL BACKGROUND I. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) Niccolò Machiavelli was a late 15th century adviser and political theorist who was born on May 3, 1946 in Florence, Italy to parents who were members of the old Florentine nobility. His father was a reputable lawyer, and so he received a formal education. Later on, he entered public service and worked under the Republic of Florence for fourteen years. When the Medici returned, Machiavelli lost his job, upon which began the period of his literary activity. He died at age 58 without having regained office, just weeks after the Medici were expelled out of Florence again. Niccolo Machiavelli’s ideology was centered on realism and his focus was on statescraft. In the conclusion in a letter to Francesco Vettori, he says: “And as to this little thing [his book], when it has been read it will be seen that during the fifteen years I have given to the study of statescraft I have neither slept nor idled…” This, as well as his acclaimed works, shall attest to this dedicated interest in making sure the state endures and flourishes. On the matter of his works, Machiavelli has been known in both the past and the present to be another word for manipulative, ruthless, or self-serving politics. However, it should be
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