Niccolo Machiavelli was One of the Leading Writers During the Renaissance Period

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Niccolo Machiavelli lived during the Renaissance period and is considered to be one of the leading writers of this era. Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher, historian, diplomat and humanist, based in Florence and is considered to be the patron of contemporary political science, including political moral code. His most famous work was “The Prince” which was printed in 1532, five years after his death. The main subject of this book is the philosophy of administration (carried out by the ruling class ‘’princes’’) and how, one should make use of any means including immoral, to retain complete power. The book was criticized substantially since it seemed that the author was encouraging immoral behavior in politics. I disagree with the line “Politics has no relation to morals” by Niccolo Machiavelli because this statement is a misquotation, it’s considered as satire by Enlightenment thinkers, politicians are expected to be honest by the people, although it is true that politicians employ immoral means to attain their goals however respected and loved leaders are those who stick to their morals thereby minimizing the possibility of reprimand for their actions. Research suggests that the line “Politics has no relation to morals” is a misquotation which was never written or spoken by Machiavelli in any of his works or in real life. Similar to another misquotation “The end justifies the means” which is a modern abridgement of one of Machiavelli’s ideas in “The Prince”, “Politics

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