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Lecture 2

Week 2

Political Science
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Janice Stein

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Political Theory Lecture 2 23 September 2010
The Prince Machiavelli
Chapter 1
oActs as a table of contents for books in the Renaissance did not contain such
Chapter 2
oDirected to the Magnificent Lorenzo
oDiscusses hereditary principalities and that they are hard to lose and if one
does lose their principality it can be easily regained
osleep sweetly and securely, Lorenzo
Chapter 3
oDiscusses hereditary principalities again should be completed in chapter 2
oHe does this because he has not told everything of such a principality
oHe discusses that in fact, it is very easy to usurp the throne of the prince
oHe simply says they need to eliminate the blood line of the prince
oHe discusses the importance of Friendship and the problems with it as well
A usurper will have difficulties with friendship after usurping a
He states that we are obligated to our friends and you cannot harm
If your friend tries to take back his power, then you are allowed to
punish them
oThe courier says that you should keep your friendships but not for social
reasons but rather for strategic reasons
However, if they have become useless to you, then you can dispose of
them as a friend
Your friends are just waiting to betray you so therefore, you must
strike first
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