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Which translation of Machiavelli's The Prince is the one that should be read?

I would like to read The Prince by Machiavelli. I've found in the past Penguin's book translations to be excellent compared to some other free sources. Whose translation of Machiavelli's The Prince ...
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How much ethics did Machiavelli convey in The Prince?

My philosophy teacher and I are having a little disagreement regarding The Prince: He argues that although the book's context is a letter to Lorenzo de' Medici advising him and recommending a course ...
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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 ...