Blog 4.3 - Machiavelli


What Do You Believe?

       Yesterday you read Everyman, a play grounded in a dualistic view of the universe.  Today you are going to read Niccolo Machiavelli, the man who invented political science.  This assignment has two parts:

Part I - Translate and Condense (Reflection)

      Read the chapters listed below:

                                    Book I 

                                    Book XV 

                                    Book XXIII 

                                    Book XXV

     Read these and, in your first paragraph (labelled PARAGRAPH 1), finish the following prompt integrating Machiavelli’s IDEAS, not his words:

            “If I am ever going to lead, I’d better understand . . .” 


Part II - Compare-Contrast (OCI Paragraph)

      We have studied Plato (and read Everyman) and you have just read Machiavelli.  Both approach life differently, both have a specific philosophy.  Very soon, you will know the difference, but, for now, I’d like to see if you can (in a paragraph labelled PARAGRAPH 2), by virtue of the text, explain the differences between the two.  Hint: one writes about earth (why?), the other about Heaven (why?).  The Why of any argument = implications: If a writer believes X, what is the consequence of that belief?  You might get it completely wrong, but this is the kind of question you would undoubtedly have to answer at some point in our academic life.                              


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