Essay Is Machiavelli A Modern Thinker? In What Ways Does He Represent A Bridge To The Past As Well As To ‘Modernity’?

Paper 1: Machiavelli

Please select one of the following prompts and discuss in 4-5 pages.


1. Clearly indicate in a Title Page your name, and which prompt you are addressing. I will deduct points if you do not indicate the prompt, and if you include a large amount of white space atop the first page in lieu of writing the full ~4 pages.

2. The papers are to be written in Times or Times New Roman, 12-pt font, with one-inch margins.


We have referred to Machiavelli as a ‘Modern’ thinker. Please reflect on this using evidence from both Discourses on Livy and The Prince. Is Machiavelli a modern thinker? In what ways does he represent a bridge to the past as well as to ‘Modernity’? You might consider issues of statecraft, religion, and/or human nature in answering this question.