Political Philosophy Of Niccolo Machiavelli

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Niccolo Machiavelli, a banished political theorist once said,“ The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” Compared to the men around him, Machiavelli has the most compelling political philosophy. Machiavelli certainly is a leading political theorist who uses history and straight forwardness to prove his point. The Prince is filled with great knowledge that has the ability to inspire the reader. Niccolo Machiavelli use of historical analysis, realist attitude and brazen syntax are the driving forces that make his political philosophy so compelling.
Machiavelli found it really important to study those that came before him. Machiavelli states, “I have been unable to find among my possessions anything which I hold so dear or esteem so highly as that knowledge” It is this knowledge and carefully analysis of history that makes his argument truly compelling. Theorists before him like aristotle used observation and imagination in order to develop their political theory’s. But observation does not determine political success it is the careful analysis and emulation of great leaders . Machiavelli proves this when he says , “ But as to exercise for the mind, the prince ought to read history and study the actions of eminent men,...and above all, do as some eminent men have done in the past, that when fortune changes she may find him prepared to resist her blows.” This speaks to the spellbinding nature of Machiavelli’s

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