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The Prince

1532

Why is it canonical?

Machiavelli's most famous work ushers in a new era in political philosophy, breaking from generations of philosophy that preached a morally defined ideal and instead offering an often brutal, realistic approach to growing and maintaining political power. Equal parts history and psychology, Machiavelli offers a no nonsense approach a hypothetical ruler who seeks to rule by any means necessary, arguing famously that the ends justify the means.

Locations

Florence Italy

Languages

Italian

Periods

Renaissance

Images and Videos

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Portrait, Machiavelli

Resources

Full text in English of the Prince