Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

In finishing the last chapters of Machiavelli’s most famous work, The Prince, we will tie up loose ends and come to an understanding of what Machiavelli was saying in his work and what Machiavelli was not saying in his work.  To review, up to this point Machiavelli’s Prince is about “practical advice” on new princes … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

As we continue examining Machiavelli’s The Prince, we turn to Chapters 10-19 which contains his most famous phrase of it is better to be feared than loved.  Well, Machiavelli didn’t exactly say those specific words in that order, but his recommendations to the Prince is that it is better to command fear than to be … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Machiavelli is one of the most important thinkers in the Western canon that has been identified with the shift away from the ancients and the movement toward modernity.  Most people will likely know Machiavelli for his work The Prince – irrespective if they have read the text.  That said, Machiavelli was a man of letters, … Continue reading Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I

Niccolo Machiavelli is a pivotal transitional figure in the history of Western philosophy and political thought.  His most famous work is The Prince, but his more important work in the Discourses on Livy.  Both are meant to be read together and together The Prince and Discourses are a full treatise on Machiavelli's theory of the … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I