January 24 2014
Relate Machiavelli’s Method of Greatness (Virtue) with that of Aquinas’
(Natural law) in order to compare the more accepted views at the time.
MACHIAVELLI The Prince (1)
Describe the kind Background:
of books that end Machiavelli wrote this book because he wanted a job from the Medici.
up on the papal Lorenzo was supposed to get Naples but he did not.
index? Machiavelli began patrolling his book F ▯ lorence
WHAT MAKES FOR GREATNESS?
▯ lory; Grandeur; Virtue
This can be achieved by invading/taking over a territory
Outline the 1) Eliminate surviving members of previous ruling family.
policies that 2) Seize property of inhabitants▯Give it to your own colonists
Machiavelli ▯ o proportionality=take more than you need to thereby
suggests in The
Prince eliminating all hope of a possible coup because the people
will be psychologically defeated.
3) Weaken the neighboring states (By trade, weaponry, etc.)
They will be at your mercy economically
Name the 5 Ds
for procuring a The Romans did this, exalting what Augustine and other westerners
free country. thought was a defect in society
Hint: One D 4) Free CountryD ▯ estroy the memory of liberty
Aristotle’s Destroy infrastructure and institutions
“Friendship of Dishonesty=Best Policy
Utility” Disloyalty to friends
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