introduction to machiavelli

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๎€Modernity is a process, a way; further is always better
๎€First semester on the modern thinkers, second semester on the ancient thinkers
๎€Has the authority of modernity has been left unchallenged?
๎€Liberal modernity is left strained
๎€Western intellectuals: modernity
๎€Global warming: environmental damages, known as causes for concern
๎€Genetic engineering
๎€Mass media
๎€Global struggle between modernity and the opposition (struggle within Islam)
๎€Post-modernism: cultures outside the modern pool, weak identity, post-
modernism carries what modernity has left off
๎€Purpose of the course: to clarify the status of modernity, study the reaction of
pre-modern thought
๎€Ancient vs. modern reason, reason vs. revelation
Machiavelli
๎€A famous name
๎€Power is the ultimate goal
๎€The greatest teacher of evil
๎€More satanic than Satan himself
๎€Real politic
๎€A hero of Italian nationalism
๎€Truth-teller, liberator
๎€Teach his evil, but was able to persuade us that it was good
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