Differences and Similarities between the Prince and the Tyrant


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Differences and Similarities between the Prince and the Tyrant
This paper looks at the similarities and differences between Machiavelli’s Prince and his conceptualization of the tyrant. The essay begins by noting the significant differences which appear to exist between the two: the tyrant, to start with, uses power for its own sake whereas the prince, though occasionally heavy-handed, uses power to advance the interests of the state as a whole. Additionally, it may be said that the tyrant acts excessively whereas the prince – though, again, heavy-handed at times –never does more than is rationally permissible or judicious under the circumstances. Furthermore, in a point that may attach itself to the first point of this introductory...
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.....All in all, Machiavelli has a Hobbesian view of the world and of human nature and holds that all humans will resort to the same dictatorial ways if given power for a sufficient length of time. He may, sadly, be right in all of this – which makes his distinction between the prince and the tyrant a false one not to be taken seriously.
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Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Edited and translated by Wayne A. Rebhorn. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2003.
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