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Machiavelli The Prince Chapter XV of Machiavellis The Prince houses a famous Machiavellian quote Machiavelli writes since my intent is to write something useful to whoever understands it it has appeared to me more fitting to go directly to the effectual truth of the thing than to the imagination of it Machiavelli 61 This quote explains one of Machiavellis reasons for writing The Prince but also serves another purpose The quote is intended to criticize the work of Aristotle and other philosophers who have imagined republics and principalities that have never existed Machiavellis quote serves to distinguish himself from other philosophers such as Aristotle Unlike Aristotle Machiavelli is going to examine a real republic not an imagined one Machiavellis goal in writing The Prince is to create an outline to build a powerful and successful republic If you are going to write about the creation of a successful republic you must be realistic and base your writings on truth This is why Machiavelli wants to go directly to the effectual truth By the effectual truth he means a realistic republic Machiavelli doesnt want to explore the imagination of the republic Machiavelli writes about a republic that he can see and interact with not a republic that has never been seen before or even known to exist Many have written about imagined republics the most famous being Aristotle Unlike an imagined republic created by Aristotle which is ran by theoretical rules Machiavelli writes about a realistic republic ran by practical rules Machiavelli believes you cant build a republic based on idealistic views but rather a republic should be built based on reality and truth Machiavelli is going to base his writings on truth not on the imagined or something that doesnt exist or is even know to exist Machiavelli accomplishes his goal of writing about a realistic and true republic rather than an imagined republic by substantiating his claims with evidence from history
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