Il principe e altre opere politiche Niccolò Machiavelli

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Il principe e altre opere politiche  by  Niccolò Machiavelli

Il principe e altre opere politiche by Niccolò Machiavelli
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Machiavellis cardinal achievement is, let me repeat, his uncovering of an insoluble dilemna, the planting of a permanent question mark in the path of prosperity. It stems from his de facto recognition that ends equally ultimate, equally sacred, may contradict each other, that entire systems of value may come into collision without possibility of rational arbitration, and that not merely in exceptional circumstances, as a result of abnormality or accident or error - the clash of Antigone and Creon or in the story of Tristan - but (this was surely new) as part of the normal human situation.

For those who look on such collisions as rare, exceptional and disastrous, the choice to be made is necessarily an agonizing experience for which, as a rational being, one cannot prepare (since no rules apply). But for Machiavelli, at least of The Prince, The Discourses, Mandragola there is no agony.One chooses as one chooses because one knows what one wants, and is ready to pay the price.- Isaiah Berlin, The Originality of Machiavelli, in Studies on Machiavelli, ed. M.P. Gilmore (Florence, 1972), p. 147-206

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