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Höffe I 197
Virtues/Machiavelli/Höffe: True to the tradition of Cicero, Thomas Aquinas and his humanist contemporaries, Machiavelli [lists] numerous praiseworthy qualities. In chapter 18 ((s) of the Prince) he bundles them into five character traits, in "mildness, loyalty, sincerity, humanity and piety".
There are three things that matter:
1. The good qualities are actually required - with shameless cruelty one can achieve power but not fame.
2. One need not really possess the virtues, appearance is enough; as a master of hypocrisy and pretence the successful prince is able to entice people and win them over by acting mendacity.
3. Finally, one has to pay attention and seize the moment in order "not to desist from good for as long as possible, but to turn to evil as soon as it is necessary".


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Machiavelli, Niccolo
Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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