Topic: Response to a scenario about Machiavelli
Course: ETHICS AND DECISION-MAKING
Write a response to this scenario:
You are one of a handful of close advisors to Lorenzo de Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent, or Lorenzo il Magnifico), ruler of the fifteenth-century Florentine Republic. Magnifico, as he has generously given you leave to call him, has received a strange gift, a book titled “The Prince” dedicated to himself from one Niccolò Machiavelli, whom Lorenzo vaguely recalls served as a mid-level official in the government the Medici supplanted. Lorenzo has perused the book enough to glean that Machiavelli is seeking office in the Florentine state once again. But Il Magnifico is a busy man and has no time to read it. He has asked you to do so and give your recommendation as to whether this Machiavelli should enjoy preferment. This is your counsel, for his ears alone.
Write an 800 word recommendation or disapproval of Machiavelli based on one of the three viewpoints: Deontological, consequentialist, or virtue ethics. (attached text)
Only use the 2 following texts please:
– Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (trans. Harvey C. Mansfield)
– Muel Kaptein and Johan Wempe, “Three General Theories of Ethics and the Integrative Role of Integrity Theory,” SSRN revised version of the chapter in Kaptein & Wempe, The Balanced Company: A Corporate Integrity Approach (Oxford University Press, 2002). ATTACHED