The Inner Quality of Man
Personal, Social, and Political Implications
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Essays: The Responsibility and Power of Free Will
Essays: Realism and Idealism in Politics
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Essay 11: The great dilemma of political philosophy
Essay 12: The life and times of Machiavelli
Essay 13: Does the end justify the means?
Essay 14: Using the higher mind in politics
Essay 15: The role of values in decision making
Essay 11: The great dilemma of political philosophy

From the beginning of political thought, there have been two contending perspectives on how governments should be run and politics should be conducted. 

One view is that politics should be the art of the practical and that those who follow its profession should be guided by the simple principle of determining what works best in the world of men. Another view is that politics should be an instrument for improving the quality of life for individuals and society, and that government should strive to serve the higher principles of mankind, even at the cost of expediency. 

In this series of essays, we will discuss the realism versus idealism debate by examining some of the writings of Machiavelli, as these have been translated by P. Bondanella and M. Musa in The Portable Machiavelli (Penguin Books, 1982).

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