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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 86.24 Machiavelli

Machiavelli is famous for instructing princes about the need to be deceitful, unscrupulous, manipulative, and even cruel if they want to maintain their power. In this class we will talk about why Machiavelli has this reputation and whether or not he deserves it. Topics will include the relative importance of force and persuasion in political life; the proper relationship between ethics and politics; the meaning of republican liberty; civil conflict; and gender.



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Dist:TMV; WCult:W

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