Machiavelli would have politics and political violence aim (of course, the nature of 'public good' is debatableg) it is clear for what reasons machiavelli believes acquisitions occur: to. Machiavelli says the prince only has to seem good, not be good plato insists that seeming is bad, being is good nicolo machiavelli is known as being an realist who accepted that fact that humans are brutal, selfish, and fickle while plato was an idealist who believed people could be ruled by a philosopher king who ruled over the warriors and tradesmen of his ideal republic with rationality. The goal of achieving the common good comes from the highest authority: g-d himself the act most gratifying to g-d is one that benefits one's country, and machiavelli is quite outspoken about. People have the right to revolution the governed will only risk their lives for this if there has been a train of abuses the government is really the one in rebellion.
The common people, wrote machiavelli, are willingly deceived and are always impressed by both appearances and results, not necessarily the truth most people don't look to causes, just the effects since they're the majority, don't worry about those few who see past appearances. Of machiavelli 'the only good which is unqualifiedly the common good for all men is the truth, and in particular the truth about man and society' (strauss, thoughts on machiavelli , p 283. Machiavelli's name has long been synonymous with political skulduggery, but maurizio viroli offers us a kinder, gentler machiavelli -- someone who kept the common good in mind in ways greatly lacking in this election year, writes scott mclemee. Ethics in machiavelli's the prince niccolo machiavelli (1469-1527) was an italian statesman and political philosopher he was employed on diplomatic missions as defence secretary of the florentine republic, and was tortured when the medici returned to power in 1512.
Discourse of niccolo machiavelli on is that their reforms have not been made to satisfy the common good, but for the security and confirmation in power of one of. The common good is the good of the many, since if it is the good of the few that will equate the good of the prince and of his sycophants to sum up: the common good consists in a precarious. But machiavelli is definitely concerned with the common good, so much so that he subordinates that good to the moral goodness of the princes 13 rome a machiavelli argues that there has been one excellent state in history: the roman. It is evident in the prince that machiavelli believes ensuring the common good of the community should hold high priority therefore a primary duty of the prince to fulfill machiavelli's view on how this should be obtained, however, drastically opposes the opinions and views of political philosophers of his time.
Machiavelli acknowledges that good laws and good arms constitute the dual foundations of a well-ordered political system but he immediately adds that since coercion creates legality, he will concentrate his attention on force. In the prince niccolo machiavelli presents a view of governing a state that is drastically different from that of humanists of his time machiavelli believes the ruling prince should be the sole authority determining every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests. Machiavelli also insists on the importance of self-interest as a motivator throughout the chapter: he notes that all parties, whether princes, nobles, or common people, come into conflict or make alliances primarily to protect their own rights and privileges. In the prince, machiavelli argues in a procedural vein that securing the common good depends upon the existence of virtuous citizens: indeed, machiavelli developed the notion of virtù to denote the quality of promoting the common good through the act of citizenship, be it through military or political action.
In the prince, the common good is a sentiment hardly found in machiavelli the aim of a prince must be to acquire, secure, maintain one's power in their prospective state, or mantanere lo stato (maintain your status/state. The municipal machiavelli is a (mostly) satirical look at machiavelli's master work, the prince with commentary and observations, applying his ideas to municipal politics it is not meant as a scholarly or definitive approach to machiavelli's philosophy, politics or art. In 1513, niccolo machiavelli wrote a book on statecraft and the wielding of power called 'the prince' this almost 500 year old book which has just over 100 pages, has. Even though extraordinary measures may do good in some cases, yet, machiavelli warns, the precedent thus established is bad, since it sanctions the usage of dispensing with constitutional orders for a good purpose, and thereby makes it possible, on some plausible pretext, to dispense with them for a bad purpose.
Machiavelli was born in a tumultuous era in which popes waged acquisitive wars against italian city-states, and people and cities often fell from power as france, spain, and the holy roman empire battled for regional influence and control. Machiavelli implied that the morality appropriate to politics is not one based on ideals, but is a consequentialist morality where actions are judged according to the good consequences they promote for the general good of society. That good, machiavelli argues, consists in most cases of maintaining the political position or state they have achieved the best way to do that (the means) is to show the people that the leader is acting in a way that will secure his people's lives, families, property, and liberty (the end.
This institution was good when the citizens were good, for it was always well that anyone who intended some good for the public was able to propose it, and it was well that everyone could speak his thoughts on it, so that the people, having listened to all sides, could then select the best. Machiavelli defined the common good as resulting from the virtue of citizens, which is measured by the degree to which citizens put the good of all over their individual benefit rousseau defined. If the actions of a ruler are tailored toward the common good of the people rather than himself, then that ruler is worthy of occupying the status of authority by acting in accordance with social and ethical norms, the ruler is deemed worthy of respect and authority. Machiavelli does not worry that the average person could be led astray by snake oil salesmen or wishful thinking on the contrary, he had faith in the competency of the masses to decide what was best for the common good of society.