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The Morally Neutral Political Scientist

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645060
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0002
The Morally Neutral Political Scientist

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The chapter reviews some of the principal claims make about the character of Machiavelli’s political thought: was Machiavelli the first political scientist? Was he a moral philosopher? Was he a nihilist? Does he recognize the autonomy of politics?

Keywords: political science; morality; Nietzsche; great men; psychological egoism; law; politics; the state

Chapter.  6833 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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