Influential Thinkers of the Renaissance

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Cosimo, Inc., Dec 1, 2005 - Philosophy - 404 pages
[T]o slaughter fellow-citizens, to betray friends, to be devoid of pity, honor, and religion, cannot be counted as merits, for these are means which may lead to power, but which confer no glory.-from The PrinceHere, in one volume, are three of the greatest works of the Renaissance, artifacts of the flowering of learning and culture in Europe that gave birth to our modern world: . The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), is one of the most significant-and most remarkably misunderstood-essays on government ever written. A product of the political intrigue of Florentine Italy, it is a stunning commentary on ambition and the uses and misuses of power.. Utopia, by Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), is a startling work of social and cultural philosophy that may also, with its fictional conceit, be considered a forerunner of the novel.. Ninety-Five Theses, by Martin Luther (1483-1546), ushered in the religious upheaval of the Reformation. A searing indictment of the corruption in the Catholic Church, Luther's writings laid the foundations for the diverse religious culture in which we live today.With its introductory notes and commentary, this edition, first published in 1910, is a compact course in humanities and cultural history, and essential reading for any liberal education.

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Contents

How a Prince Should Bear Himself So As
75
Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States
82
The Life of Sir Thomas More William Roper
93
Utopia Sir Thomas More
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The Ninetyfive Theses Martin Luther
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Address to the Christian Nobility of the German
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Concerning Christian Liberty Martin Luther
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Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He was a political philosopher, statesman, and court advisor. Starting out as a clerk, he quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. His political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. He is best known for The Prince, his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named Mandragola. He died on June 21, 1527 at the age of 58.

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