The Prince

Prince_0Niccolo Machiavelli boldly asserts the raw motives and actions that contribute to the acquisition and maintenance of power. Murder is not a problem, nor is harsh government; at times Niccolo Machiavelli beguiles his readers with the logic of his own assertions and shockingly we come to realise that there is some substance to the ugly truth of human power structures.

The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. This text will sit comfortably as a philosophical companion/ related text from which to explore human agency and the nature of power structures within society.

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