Paul Strathern

Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour

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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Machiavelli in just one hour.
Niccolò Machiavelli’s work remains misunderstood – synonymous with wicked scheming and underhand politics – nearly 350 years after his death. His philosophy of statecraft was scientific and highly rational, leaving sentiment, and ultimately morality, to one side. His advice is as relevant to modern politics as it was during the Renaissance – and reflects many profound and disturbing truths about the human condition.
Here is a concise, expert account of Machiavelli’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Machiavelli’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Machiavelli in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
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    Amirahas quotedlast year
    sends a shiver down the spine.
    Polina Davydovahas quotedlast year
    Better smoking ruins and a few cowed survivors than no princedom at all – such is Machiavelli’s approach here. This illustrates an important point: the welfare of the state is of secondary importance; the prime concern is that the prince continue as ruler.

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