Italian Collianism In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, humanist, and writer of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science and the first modern political thinker. He is from among the most prominent in Florence, however, his branch was very poor. His legacy coined the term “Machiavellianism”, which is defined as a negative political term associated with unethical and immoral actions. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. He was admired more as a statesman than as an author. Over time, however, Montaigne would come to be recognized as symbolizing, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the concept of doubt and skepticism that began to appear at that time. He depended solely on his own judgment. When examining Montaigne’s On Cannibals and Machiavelli’s The Prince, these two individuals take similar, yet very different approaches when discussing human nature, and furthermore, their attitudes toward the continuing expansion of European power. Considering the context of Machiavelli’s The Prince (1513) and his viewpoints regarding the expansion of European power, the purpose of this piece was to serve as a manual for rulers, essentially. Machiavelli treated historical evidence as grounds to real situations in a sensible way. When discussing human nature, he claims that there is a gap between how one lives and how one should live. The Prince

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