The Prince What is Machiavelli's view of human nat Essay

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The Prince What is Machiavelli's view of human nature? While reading The Prince, I have
come to a conclusion that Machiavelli demonstrates a view of governing a state that is so
different from that of humanists of his time thought. The humanists of Machiavelli's time
believed that an individual had a lot to offer to the well being of the state and should
be able to help in whatever way necessary. Humanists also believed that an individual grew
to maturity through participation in the state and understanding in what was taking place
in the state. Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not
necessary but in fact stood in the way of an effectively governed principality.
Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the sole authority determining every
aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests. These
interests dealt with gaining and expanding his political power. In other words, he felt
the best and appropriate way to live was how the prince wanted us to live. Just to point
this out (so I get the whole 2.5 this time) Machiavelli did not feel that a Prince should
mistreat the citizens. Machiavelli goes on to talk about honor and how one can gain such
an element (hanging out with me and Derek will help out, but then again, we weren't around
during that time). He suggests that a prince must be readily willing to deceive the
citizens, afterall, he is the head honcho. Machiavelli also brings up the point that a
prince must also deceive those who attempt to make him feel good (Maybe because they were
trying to take advantage of him). As I stated previously, he promotes a secular form of
politics. His views were to the benefit of the prince, in helping him maintain power
rather than to serve to the well being of the citizens. He goes on to state that a man who
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