Political Theory 14 October
Machiavelli – The Prince
−A Prince should never take his attention away from war
−What was now a metaphor for politics is now a reference to war
−Reference to Philip Heeman directs our attention back to the dedicatory letter
−Who is Philip Heeman?
oSuggests an answer to the person on top of the hill
−Who was on the top of the hill?
oLorenzo was on the top of the hill.
oMachiavelli’s knowledge which used to be theoretical is now practical in
−Is Cypriot a “stand-in” for Christ? Because Machiavelli refuses to make direct
reference to Christ himself
−What qualities are humans praised and reprimanded for?
oAnswer: Virtues and Vices
−He stresses the newness of his argument – that it is emphatically new relative to his
−Machiavelli “but since my intent is to write something useful to all who understand
−Machiavelli concerns himself with the truth – he is the first to be concerned with the
factual truth rather than imaginary truth
oFactual truth refers to how people do act where as the imaginary truth
implies how we should act
oEffectual – something which has an effect on something else