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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian and political philosopher. He is best known for his treatise 'The Prince' and expressed his most important thoughts on republicanism in 'Discourses on Livy'.

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Accepted Interpretation of Machiavelli's “the ends justify the means.”?

Prior to reading The Prince, I had heard of the aphorism: The ends justify the means This was Machiavelli's identifying line to many people, and in my conversations with them, I got the impression ...