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Political Analysis Of Niccolo Machiavelli And Thomas Hobbes

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This paper offers an analysis of Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes in order to argue that even though their political philosophy is different from ours. It still has significance in a social context and these thinkers’ are very much relevant in today’s society. Both political philosophers’ were writing during a time when there was political turmoil and rising tensions were a consistent occurrence. In the first part of this essay, I will analysis Machiavelli’s political philosophy, such as historical context, the meaning of the text, and provide modern examples in politics to illustrate his point. Then, I will discuss Hobbes’ political philosophy using the same steps of analysis.
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was written during the time when Italy’s current situation favored the emergence of a new prince; a prince who will bring happiness and prosperity to the Italian citizens, but also unite Italy as one country against the Swiss, French, and the Spaniards. Past civil wars and princes have failed to strengthen Italy because its military system was old and inoperative. Moreover, he explains that there is a difference between how a prince should live and how he actually lives, but the prince must learn not to be virtuous. Most importantly, he highlights that all princes should establish on a strong foundation for his empire to thrive, flourish, and above all protected at all cost.
Throughout the text, Machiavelli uses examples of other leaders from Italy
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