Commentfor Essay 1, Question5
Thepost by the student explains the thoughts for the reasons whyMachiavelli wrote the treatise ThePrincein his lifetime. The reasons given by the student as speculative onhis side because they do not reflect a historic reflection of thecontext in which Machiavelli wrote the treatise. For instance, thestudent argues that Machiavelli wrote the book to teach people theworking of politics and the political aspects of the society. Thepost further explains that Machiavelli wanted to leave a legacy andmake up for his life. While these may be true, they are only true forall people who write any literature. They are not specific to thereason why Machiavelli wrote the treatise. This is becauseMachiavelli wrote ThePrinceas a mirror of the political competition that was in the Italianpolitical space.
Commentfor Essay 2, Question 1
Thestudent takes the right assertion, that Machiavelli’s ThePrinceis more of medicine than law. I agree with this assertion totally.However, the student does not explain how Machiavelli’s treatiseThePrincerelates more to medicine than it relates to law. In the post, thestudent just gives the defining description of procedural elements oflaw, and the result-oriented elements of medicine. The student shouldhave explained in detail how the Machiavelli’s principles andarguments in the treatise tend to focus on the results rather thanthe procedures. The student should have explained the principles andshowed how they communicate the principle of the results justifyingthe means. In addition, the student could have given an example ofMachiavelli’s arguments in the treatise to show how the principleaims at the results rather than the procedures.
Commentfor Essay 3, Question 2
Inthis post, the student presents a valid argument that power isviolence. The student appropriately explains why he thinks that poweris violence, and gives the description of verbal violence as anexample. The student further describes the naivety that would be ifpeople think otherwise, that power is not violence. However, thestudent gives an example that seems to deviate from the assertionthat power is violent. The example of comparing people with apes is agood illustration of the difference between men and apes, but it doesnot resonate to the discussion about power and violence. Despitethis, the appropriately asserts that Machiavelli would agree with theargument that power is violence. The student appropriately gives thereasons why Machiavelli would agree with this. Moreover, the studentgives the appropriate contextual instances that make Machiavelliagree with the assertion that power is violence.
Commentfor Essay 4, Question 3
Thisis a good post. The student takes an appropriate assertion thatMachiavelli’s ThePrinceis amoral. The student successfully explains why he thinks thatMachiavelli is amoral in his treatise. The student appropriatelygives the factual truth that Machiavelli teaches the prince to be asuccessful one and not necessarily a fair one in the eyes of thesociety. The post describes a valid argument that Machiavelli doesnot get concerned with the ethics, but focuses on what is importantfor the prince to rule. The student further gives examples of thearguments by Machiavelli that the prince should use any means, evencruel ones, as long as he seeks to remain in control. This makes thepost a great post.