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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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Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?

Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?

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(p.54) 4 Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?
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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau
Author(s):

Mark Philp

Z. A. Pelczynski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0005

Plamenatz sees Machiavelli as more concerned with inequality and its ill-effects than with equality, save on the issue of equal subordination to the law; he is hostile also to those who claim inequality based on anything other than virtue. He generally sides with the poor, except when they become a mob, and he admires self-made men of great ability.

Keywords:   rich, poor, equality, the people, nobility, princes, advisors

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