Niccolo machiavelli niccolo machiavelli the prince the first and most persistent view of machiavelli is that of a teacher of evil the german born american philosopher leo strauss 1899 1973 begins his interpretation from this point the prince is in the tradition of the mirror for princes ie books of advice that enabled princes to see themselves as though reflected in a . The prince is a political treatise by niccolo machiavelli written in 1513 and first published in 1532 it describes how to acquire power create a state and keep it and it represents machiavellis effort to provide a guide for political action based on history and his own experience as a statesman. The prince by nicolo machiavelli is often referred to as the foundation of political philosophy nicolo machiavelli was born on 3 may 1469 in the republic of florence in what is today the middle of italy he worked as a senior official in the florentine republic at that time italy was divided into a large number of republics or principalities who more than often were at war with each other. Machiavelli composed the prince as a practical guide for ruling though some scholars argue that the book was intended as a satire and essentially a guide on how not to rule this goal is evident from the very beginning the dedication of the book to lorenzo de medici the ruler of florence the prince is not particularly theoretical or abstract its prose is simple and its logic
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