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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1070
Professor
Robert Mc Gill
Semester
Fall

Description
Poly Sci 09/17/2013 Machiavelli liked to describe reality (My intention is to write something of use for many have imagined  republics…) “It is necessary for a prince to learn how not to be good.” – Authority of the time was still the Catholic  church. Virtue = Virility – courage, bravery, “manly” qualities, etc Born in Florence, became a senior bureaucratic administrator (sec. of state) for 14 years Lost position in 1512 because of external circumstances Pope in Rome & French went to war & Pope won but Florence had sided with the French (didn’t actually  participate) So when French defeated, Pope had prerogative to change system in Florence (loosely, a republic) to a  dictatorship Lorenzo d’Medici (& family) was put into power basically as favor for wealth & donation Machiavelli decides to advise Medici by writing The Prince in 1513 as a guide for how to lead the country Written as a private letter, but Medici distanced himself from Machiavelli People appalled by The Prince 1527 Machiavelli wrote another letter to Supreme Council begging to be restored to previous position but  before receiving reply (NO), he died The Prince refutes the Church & Pope b/c felt they were playing wrong role & being hypocritical & teaching  to be pious and malleable to authority Martin Luther 1517 “Every action is designed in terms of the end which it seeks to achieve.” (Ends justify means) Machiavelli sought a republic in 
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