Ananta Kumar Giri has been furrowing in the frontier regions of contemporary sociological theory. He and a most admirable group of social theorists and philosophers from several countries find that even their frontier worlds are pervaded by mutual challenges between power-craving princes and freedom-seeking sages…. Giri has assembled here 29 cutting-edge essays and much-needed wise reflections on vitally important topics such as development ethics and poverty, the power of non-violent movements, and the moral dimension in world history. - Thomas Pantham, Former Professor of Political Science, M.S. University of Baroda Ever since the Renaissance in the thirteenth century, the 'prince' has been the dominant archetype of 'being' and 'becoming'. Power and politics have provided the modern world with determinant frames of self-constitution and social emancipation, along with a singular definition of 'freedom'. In this context, The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom is concerned with rethinking and transforming the concepts of 'power' and 'freedom' in discourse, society and history. This work draws from various sources-traditional, philosophical, religious and spiritual-in discussing 'power' and 'freedom', and also in bringing together voices of struggle from different parts of the world. It is a highly recommended reading for scholars of humanities and social sciences and can be used as a textbook of social and political theory in departments of sociology and politics. It will also be an invaluable supplementary reading resource for students and researchers of development studies, philosophy and religious studies.
Chapter 20: Machiavelli, the Prince and Leadership Responsibility
Machiavelli, the Prince and Leadership Responsibility
Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, was born in 1469 in Florence, Italy. His time is well remembered as a season of endless wars and civil strife, rending Italy into violent regional rivalry. Therefore, it is only natural that the most urgent social problem should have been how to stop the fighting and bloodshed.
The conventional wisdom in Florence, Machiavelli's hometown, was that any decent society should be directed according to moral ideals rooted in traditions such as those of the Church and of moral philosophy. The general idea, which sounds quite simple and attractive, was that a moral, decent society has the potential to diminish evils, wrongs and destruction. Accordingly, professional politics and statecraft ...