Medieval History Through Literature
This paper examines ideas about power in three medieval texts: The Song of Roland, Jocelin of Brakelond: Chronicle of the Abbey of Burn St. Edmunds, The Murder of Charles the Good. The main idea in all three texts is that power can be used to justify any action. Discusses the argument of the three texts in connection with Machiavelli's The Prince.
MACHIAVELLI'S CONCEPT OF AN EFFECTIVE LEADER.
Analysis of leadership in "THE PRINCE." Effective leader as one who is skilled in military and psychological tactics and strategies. Moses as a model leader. Machiavelli's concept of the source of good leadership. Behaviors of strong and effective leaders; willingness to use force. Example of Moses establishing himself as authentic leader of Israel.
Examines two documents in the liberal political tradtion. Texts reviewed are John Stuart Mill's three main texts (On Liberty, Subjection of Women, Utilitarianism); and The reolevance of Thomas Hobbes's political theories to contemporary politics in the U.S.
Machiavelli's The Prince
This paper describes Niccolo Machiavelli's view of what a ruler should do, according to his work The Prince. A ruler's religion, ethics, and honesty are discussed.
The Prince and The Courtier
A comparison and contrast of the qualities associated with Machiavelli's "Prince" and Castiglione's "Courtier". Renaissance period. Machiavelli's views of power and control. Castiglione's conrasting view of what characteristics the ideal Prince should possess.
Examines three systems. John Rawls' theory of distributive justice to achieve equality. Fairness and justice. Aristotle's virtue ethics, and the underlying moral character of an individual. Excellence of thought and of character. Aristotle's six dimensions of virtue ethics. Machiavillian ethics. Rejection of pursuit of good for its own sake. Machiavelli's ideas on effective leaders.