Similarities Between The Prince And Machiavelli

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When looking into the terminology of politics, the words ‘power’ and ‘justice’ often come to mind. In many cases, the leaders of politics toe the line of abusing their political power in order to achieve a state of ‘justice’ for the state. While enacting on these actions, some leaders may encroach on the civil liberties of an individual. Without the interpretation and in-depth thought provided by both Socrates and Machiavelli, I believe the state of politics would be vastly different. Throughout Plato’s The Last Days of Socrates, the reader is able to learn the life and teachings of Socrates, a man highly regarded in the political field. Throughout The Apology, Plato uses Socrates’ experiences as a guide to explore the true meaning of power and justice. Similarly, to The Apology, Machiavelli wrote The Prince as his interpretation of power and political stability during his experiences of civil war and constant political turmoil. In The Prince, there is also an exploration of power, however, Machiavelli distinguishes his work by boldly separating politics and ethics. Machiavelli and Socrates are both similarly interested in the relationship between the state and the individual in regards to the social contract, yet Machiavelli is far less concerned with the moral principles attached to the individual when in power. On the other hand, Socrates cements a firm bond between the individual and the state so much so, that he deeply believes it is impermissible to ever stray from
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