The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translator: W. K. Marriott


The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise written by Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli as an instruction guide for new princes and royals. The general theme of The Prince is of accepting that the aims of princes – such as glory and survival – can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.
The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the "effectual" truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It is also notable for being in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time, particularly those concerning politics and ethics.
Excerpted from The Prince on Wikipedia.

person AuthorNiccolò Machiavelli
language CountryItaly
api GenrePolitical sciencePhilosophy
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
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