Machiavelli's "The Prince" as a Satire

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Presentation for the 2007 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on Machiavelli's "The Prince" as a satire.

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Kniatt, Stacey & Johnson, Ken March 29, 2007.

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Presentation for the 2007 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on Machiavelli's "The Prince" as a satire.

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Abstract: This presentation discusses a research study on Machiavelli's 'The Prince' as a satire. For centuries, scholars have viewed 'The Prince' as a work representative of Machiavelli's shift in political ideology; however, this work does not accurately reflect Machiavelli's true opinions. In 'The Prince', Machiavelli expressed his views about how a ruler should act. For many years, scholars took Machiavelli at his word: malice, nastiness, insincerity, and a lack of gratitude are characteristics of princes. Later scholars reexamined the work and started to doubt the seriousness of Machiavelli's message. In fact, several authors have suggested that Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince' as a résumé to the Medici family in hopes of securing a government position.

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This paper discusses a research study on Machiavelli's 'The Prince' as a satire. The author argues that 'The Prince' challenges all of Machiavelli's other works and what we know of his life, and that this inconsistency and the knowledge of Machiavelli's opinions give evidence that perhaps 'The Prince' is a satire.

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Kniatt, Stacey & Johnson, Ken. Machiavelli's "The Prince" as a Satire, presentation, March 29, 2007; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc86922/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.