The Discourses

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Penguin, 1970 - Philosophy - 543 pages
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Proposes a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship, and that would also encourage citizens to put the needs of the state above selfish, personal interests. Ambitious in scope, but also pragmatic, this work creates a modern theory of republic politics.
 

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User Review  - Al Maki - Goodreads

The Discourses is a carefully reasoned, thorough and exhaustive study of real politik from the perspective of early 16th century Italy. As I read it I found that virtually every chapter, although it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Renaissance Thought - Goodreads

Another great work by Machiavelli. The principles outlined in this book are still very much practical in the modern world, it provides a credible explanation on a lot of things I have not thought of - such as the hardiness of peoples, and the importance of the foundations of states. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
The Prince and The Discourses
19
Republics as Mixed Government
25
The Mixture as Adaptability
29
The Value of Conflict
35
Factors of Social Class
39
The Conditions for Republican Rule
43
Theory and Method
47
Politics and Morality
62
The Letter to Vettori
69
FURTHER READING
72
DISCOURSES OF NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI
75
TABLE OF CONTENTS
77
THE TEXT
91
NOTES
529
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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama.

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