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Theory of Political Power, From The Prince-Niccolo Machiavelli’s Book

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  1. Introduction
  2. Theory of Political Power in Machiavelli's Book
  3. State sovereignty, autonomous and non-religious
  4. Ways princes should keep faith
  5. Politics and Religion
  6. Conclusion

Niccolo Machiavelli, born in Italy on May 3, 1469 was a known political philosopher and diplomat during the Renaissance, and famous for his political treaties, The Prince (1513), which has become the cornerstone of the modern political philosophy. Niccolo provided an opinion on how a ruler should rule through his writing that describes the necessary attributes needed by an Italian prince. His writing is about power, how to use it, keep it and how a state should be ruled. The philosophies of Niccolo have been used by many rulers, both good and evil ones from United States president Washington and Madison to Hitler and Mussolini. All philosophers and thinkers, from Greek philosophy to Renaissance, dealt with the end of a state, with their thoughts that political power of a state can be used as a means of achieving further end.

All political thinkers had concerned with the central question of the end of a state, and they considered state power as a means to higher end conceived in moral terms. However, Niccolo adopted a different line. According to his thinking, power of a state is the end of a state that is, every state must aim at maximizing its powers. Failure of a state in this enterprise will throw it into greater turmoil. Consequently, Niccolo confined his attention to the best means suited for the acquisition, retention and expansion of power.

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