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Title Machiavellis View of Human NatureContent It is an essay on Machiavellis view of human nature based on the book The PrinceDescription To write about Machiavelli the man based on the book The PrinceIn The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli presents a view of governing a state that is drastically different from that of humanists of his time Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the sole authority determining every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests These interests were gaining maintaining and expanding his political power His understanding of human nature was a complete contradiction of what humanists believed and taught Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact stood in the way of an effectively governed principality Though in some cases Machiavellis suggestions seem harsh and immoral one must remember that these views were derived out of concern Italys unstable political condition Although humanists of Machiavellis time believed that an individual had much to offer to the well being of the state Machiavelli was quick to mock human nature Humanists at that time believed that an individual will only grow to maturity through participation in the governing of the state Machiavelli generally distrusted citizens and said that in the time when they were needed most they werent around to help Machiavelli further goes on to question the loyalty of the citizens and advises the Prince that since men are a sad lot and keep no faith with you you in your turn are under no obligation to keep it with them48 However Machiavelli did not feel that a Prince should mistreat the citizens Machiavelli suggested that if a prince can not be both feared and loved it would be better for him to be feared by the citizens within his own principality He makes the generalization that men are ungrateful fickle liars and deceivers fearful of danger and greedy
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