Niccoló Machiavelli

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Do the ends justify the means? According to Niccolo Machiavelli they do. Is it more important for leaders to be moral or powerful? Machiavelli argued that power was the most important. Learn more about this 15th century Italian philosopher and his influence on the form of American government with this resource packet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign groups one of the 16 philosophers and have them research how the philosopher's ideas are present in the American form of government
Classroom Considerations

  • The second in a series of 16 resources that summarize the key ideas of philosophers whose ideas influenced the forming of American government

  • The packet includes a worksheet, activities, and an answer key

  • Although accurate, the information on Machiavelli is oversimplified
Common Core