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Niccolo Machiavelli

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Julie Eaton

on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli
An Italian political philosopher in the Renaissance era.
What did he do?
Machiavelli was a writer, politician and philosopher, even though he refused to be acknowledged as one.
Famous Quotes
"It is much safer to be feared than loved."
Machiavelli's contribution to philosophy.
“The Prince,” was believed to be written to show his view on how government runs.

By Julie Eaton
He was a founder of political science, focusing on political ethics.
Wrote the practical guide to royalty titled "The Prince."
"Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them."
Believed that princes should just appear virtuous rather than actually be virtuous.
Argued that princes are less likely to be attacked if both respected and feared.
Said that princes shouldn't be too generous because they wouldn't be able to fully satisfy their people.
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