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    History of Political Philosophy: Machiavelli

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    I use this book: Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey, History of Political Philosophy, 3rd ed. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1987)

    Question 1:
    What is new about what Machiavelli brought to political thought and the study of political rule? What are your thoughts? For instance, should we rule according to how things are, or according to how they should be?
    (Answer question 1in one page single space)

    Question 2:
    Why is it sometimes difficult to apply the same rules of morality to political leaders that we apply to all individuals? Pulling in examples from the readings and Lessons, explain Machiavelli's advice to rulers in The Prince that one must learn to lie and commit other acts that are normally viewed as immoral. Do you think this is good advice for political leaders? Why or why not?
    (Answer question 2 in one page single space)
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    Question 1:
    Machiavelli presented considerable measures surrounding political engagements. His proposed features, however designated, originated the notion of deceit and backhanded systems to the political realm. (Expanding on this would enhance this section; including a quote or footnote that supports these assertions would be a good choice). The foremost factors that were initialized from Machiavelli's The Prince were matters of nefarious deeds for politicians. The interpretation of his writing was that political people should engage in deceit in order to properly rule or lead. The current mentality prior to Machiavelli's inclusion was of more a moral high ground of public view. As in, it was paved as honest and poised. His inserts fostered a focus into the notion of underhanded measures. (Continue further in this manner).
    (This is the location of presenting your opinion on his mentalities). (Some examples:)
    Machiavelli's inclusion in the political field served to forever alter the system. He offered an absolution or even an excuse to behave in a nefarious manner as a practice. He sort of authorized the deceit as the price of political business. The manner of engagement in the political realm is still quite prevalent today and occasionally warranted. However, having political leaders behaving in this method has generated grand mistrust in politicians and the political ...

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    This solution of 898 words discusses the rule of Machiavelli and touches on topics like political philosophy, rules of morality and political leaders. References used are included.