Machiavelli as a Reflection of Evil


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Machiavelli as a Reflection of Evil
Niccolò Machiavelli was merely a reflection of evil and not inherently wicked. The phrase the end justifies the means was derived from his observation of Cæsar Borgia. Pope Alexander VI was the father of Borgia and it was for this reason that Borgia was able to abscond with his numerous ethical and moral transgressions. Sanderson, Porter, and Morris argued the point “that a ruler should have no conscience, no scruples, but should hold himself free to use any and every means that might further his designs, is the fundamental principle which underlies the famous or infamous system of politics subsequently developed and expounded by Machiavelli in his work entitled the Prince, in which he took Cæsar Borgia...
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.....ances, tough men, and ugly decisions are made on a daily basis. The ethical and moral considerations are only one aspect of this process. The mechanism of decision-making and the mathematics of results is a specific component therein which can be analyzed without the analysis being labeled as being evil.
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