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POL 161 Political Theory Machiavelli chapters 20-26 and quiz material

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This covers the last section of the book and includes a review of focus points for the quiz.
Introduction to Political Theory
Jakeet Singh
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POL 161, Political Theory, machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 25, quiz focus
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Machiavelli­ The Prince  Key Themes (chapters 20­26) o The battle between princely virtú and fortune (chapter 25)  River analogy (pg. 74­75)  Be prepared, the foresight and reaction to prepare for the next  event  At mercy to the river when I floods, therefore prepare for that  event and react to the event.  Fortune will strike where you are weakest  You can make your own luck/fortune, not just a force you are  subject to (pg. 75)  “If one knew how to change one’s character as times and  circumstances change, one’s luck would never change” (pg. 76) o Active instead of passive act towards fortune o Prince can influence fortune. o But don’t be over cautious. Through boldness, ruthlessness, and audacity, fortune can also be subdued and controlled.  Go all in, in decisions you make (common theme) o Fortune is also cunning and find your weakness, and  focusing on only preparation will allow her to find a way to reach you.  Gender o Prince is hyper masculine figure o Bold, manly prince defined against the feminine  o Fortune responds to boldness o Machivelli’s infamous ‘Fortune as a Lady” analogy  Forceful subjection of women to men’s violence  (pg. 76­77)  Women seduced by boldness and violence  Children act in bold ways, which charm her  Masculinity used explicitly as use of violence  Derogation to women similar of that of Trump.  Comparing ‘Virtues” o Machiavelli   Skills for  Morality political  Politics Virtues life; virtú Virtues o Machiavelli: Be things of Christian virtue but not when you need political virtue o Plato Morality Politics o Greek virtues: Justice, Wisdom, Moderation, Courage  Politics guided by same virtues used to guide a moral life o Christian virtues: Love, truthfulness, compassion, piety/faithfulness,  generosity/charity, humility, peace, integrity, meekness, discipline/restraint.  Moral characteristics of Machiavelli’s time, that are not compatible with  politics, largely not contusive with political success. o Machiavellian virtú (political virtú)  Skill, boldness, cunning, foresight, strength, prudence, self­reliance,  decisiveness, unconstrained, strategic, adaptive, manliness.  3 interpretations of Machiavelli and his take on morality o Immoral  That Machiavelli is actually arguing for immorality  Common thought that Machiavelli advocates for being evil and always put yourself first, self­centered  Personal gain  Others don’t matter; kill them if needed for own gain  Shamelessly promoting glory/honor  Pg. 49  Actions thought to be wicked are not; for you and your personal  gain o Amoral  Not being opposed to morality, but indifferent to it  Simply the first political scientist  Not advocating the prince be immoral, but looking at cause and  effect relationships of the world o Documenting how the political world works o Detached observer of political life o Pg. 48 o  ‘If he wants to hold onto power”  Princes tend to want to hold on to their power.   Objective scientist.  o Moral  Concerned with well­being of the people in the end, and the ability of the  Prince to do good by the people  But you may have to do short term evil to do some good in the end.  Pg. 30 o Cruelty well­used vs. cruelty abused   Well­used when used to put an end to the violence  Well­used is used heavy handedly but done to end  violence and to do good by the people  “well­used cruelty one may call these atrocities that  are committed at a stoke, in order to secure one’s  power, and are then not repeated rather, every effort is made to ensure one’s subjects benefit in the long  run.”  “Those who use cruelty well indeed find  both God and their subjects are prepared to  let bygones be bygones, as well the cause  with Agrathocles.”  Pg. 51, beginning of chapter 17 o “So a ruler ought to mind the disgrace of being called cruel, if he keeps his subjects peaceful and law­abiding, for it is  more compassionate to impose harsh punishments on a few than out of excessive compassion, to allow disorder to  spread, which leads to murder or looting.”


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