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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau$
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John Plamenatz, Mark Philp, and Zbigniew Pelczynski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.001.0001

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The Morally Neutral Political Scientist

The Morally Neutral Political Scientist

Chapter:
(p.17) 1 The Morally Neutral Political Scientist
Source:
Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau
Author(s):

Mark Philp

Z. A. Pelczynski

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0002

The chapter reviews some of the principal claims make about the character of Machiavelli’s political thought: was Machiavelli the first political scientist? Was he a moral philosopher? Was he a nihilist? Does he recognize the autonomy of politics?

Keywords:   political science, morality, Nietzsche, great men, psychological egoism, law, politics, the state

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