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.
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.
Capital Punishment and Ethics
Pros and cons of the death penalty, with a conclusion that an ethical society takes great risks to its reputation if it has capital punishment as public policy. Refers to the moral precepts of Socrates.
An analysis of the different ideas and goals of the Renassiance as expressed in the writings and artworks of some of its best known individuals such as Michelangelo Boccacio, Pomponazzi, Ficino, and Machiavelli.
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.
Intersite Sites on Leadership
A research essay on Internet sites dealing with the topic of leadership. Sites range from university sites, to a tai chi web site, to a site on Machiavelli's "The Prince to CBS News.
Philosophical discussion of the death-penalty. History of state-sanctioned death penalty for certain crimes. Ethical, religious and philosophical thought regarding capital punishment. Views for and against. Civil and moral legislation. State theory of various Western philosophers. Controversy surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Racism. Whether capital punishment acts as a deterrent against crime.
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.