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Please answer ALL the following questions:
Identify the main tenets of the Ancient-Modern debate, and explain their significance.
Compare and contrast the positions of Boethius and Machiavelli:
What is Boethius’ conception of human nature?
How does he interpret Fortune and the role it plays in human affairs? What does Boethius mean by False Happiness? Why is it false? How does his philosophy of human nature, fortune, and politics influence his understanding of happiness?
Machiavelli intends The Prince to be useful to those who are interested in acquiring and keeping power. To this end, he redefines the nature of human beings, the ends and purpose of politics, and fortune.
What is his new conception of Virtu? Where does one learn this new way of thinking and acting? What does this new way of thinking and acting entail? Why is this important? And, explain his conception of Fortune, and why it is important.
I need to quote from these books.
Machiavelli (chapters 3, 6, 7, 12,15,18, 25 are important)
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