The Leader, the Legislator, the Prince, and the Patriot

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:
The Leader, the Legislator, the Prince, and the Patriot

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Machiavelli is concerned that the prince grounds his authority in the support of the people, rather than merely the rich, since their vices are fewer. Machiavelli gives more detailed attention to the psychology and methods of rulers than any of his predecessors, and places much more weight on the creative role of the political leader, and the chapter explores a range of claims made about Machiavelli’s emphasis on innovative political leadership.

Keywords: authority; trust; rich; poor; leader; legislator; prince; religion; necessity; history; founder; restoration; patriotism

Chapter.  7692 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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