Machiavelli, Niccolò - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 4 pages of information about Machiavelli, Niccolò.
This section contains 1,019 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Machiavelli, Niccol Encyclopedia Article

Major Contributions to Political Thought

Machiavelli is known chiefly as the author of two books, The Prince and The Discourses on Livy (both c. 1517). The former concerns the acquisition of principalities, a form of government in which the state belongs to an individual or a family. The latter is a meditation on republics, in which the state is public rather than private property. The notoriety of these books is largely due to the absolute ruthlessness advocated by Machiavelli. In The Prince, he recommends acting against faith, charity, humanity, and religion. In The Discourses, he criticizes Giovampagolo Baglioni because that tyrant had the opportunity, but not the courage, to murder the Pope.

Despite their practical orientation, The Prince and The Discourses are works of political science. Machiavelli asks theoretical questions: how states are born and what sustains them. But his work marks a fundamental break with premodern...

(read more)

This section contains 1,019 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Machiavelli, Niccol Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
Machiavelli, Niccolò from Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook