According to Machiavelli, is it better for a ruler to be loved or
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Machiavelli Questions

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Questions to go along with the Machiavelli reading.

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Machiavelli Questions

  1. 1. According to Machiavelli, is it better for a ruler to be loved or feared? Why? What reasons does he give for this? What kind of evidence does he give in support of his position? Is being either loved or feared good merely for the ruler or also for society? Do you agree with Machiavelli in this? If not, then argue against him. That is, provide an argument that explains why he’s wrong and the opposite position is correct. If you do agree with Machiavelli, then what’s so convincing about what he says? What about virtue? Should a ruler be virtuous or merely appear to be? Can he be virtuous at all? What’s the purpose of it? Do you agree with Machiavelli? Can you think of any recent and/or living rulers or politicians who follow Machiavelli’s advice? If they actually follow Machiavelli’s advice, how would you know they are (scary, eh?) What kind of ruler would you be?

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