Machiavelli, by W.Horvath
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright - central figure of the Italian Renaissance whose work is famous for its political component, with treatises on realist political theory and republicanism

(May 3, 1469 – June 21, 1527)

Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius (English)
History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy (English)
Machiavelli, Volume I (English)
The Prince (English)


Lots of information...

The Nicolò Machiavelli Archive

Reference website with some works and other information - M.I.A. Library


Italian/English with concordances, on the IntraText Web


on Digilander with bibliographies etc, in Italian and English

Il fine giustifica i mezzi

"If human beings were different than they are, perhaps they could create an ideal Christian society. But he [Machiavelli] is clear that human beings would in that event have to differ too greatly from men as they have always been; and it is surely idle to build for, or discuss the prospects of, beings who can never be on earth; such talk is beside the point, and only breeds dreams and fatal delusions. What ought to be done must be defined in terms of what is practicable, not imaginary; statescraft is concerned with action within the limits of human possibility, however wide; men can be changed, but not to a fantastic degree. To advocate ideal measures, suitable only for angels, as previous religious writers seem to him too often to have done, is visionary and irresponsible and leads to ruin." --Sir Isaiah Berlin: Against the Current

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