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Frontiers in Art Research, 2021, 3(8); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2021.030804.

Machiavelli’s Consequentialism in The Prince: Reasonable or Improper?


Jingtian Wu1

Corresponding Author:
Jingtian Wu

1Changjun High School International Department, Changsha, China


This paper discusses Machiavelli’s point of view on leaders should behave immorally to achieve success as a consequentialist in the Prince, and three statements that argue against him have been pointed out. The first part of the paper is an introduction to Machiavelli concerning his background information and his consequential opinions of leaders in the Prince. The second part is the disagreement on Machiavelli’s view through the perspectives of morality, long-term effects, and feasibility.


Machiavelli; Consequentialism, Morality, Success

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Jingtian Wu. Machiavelli’s Consequentialism in The Prince: Reasonable or Improper?. Frontiers in Art Research (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 8: 18-21. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2021.030804.


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