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Niccolo Machiavelli Paper
Niccolo Machiavelli and John Rawls have different views on going to war. In his
‘Prince’ Machiavelli portrays war as the ultimate end to a fall out. On the other hand, John
Rawls uses the doctrine of a just war where a stronger society or army does not necessarily
go to war because another party does. The two therefore, display very divergent views on
how the very aspect of war should be handles. Their differences can be attributed to the
different times that they were written and although both seem to be grounded in their claims
by the use of historical cases, John Rawls theory of a just war seems more appealing and
aimed at achieving peace and not exercising power.
To begin with, Machiavelli says that as a prince, understanding and studying war is
the ultimate reason why a prince should reign (Machiavelli, 2016). He sees the failure to do
this as a doom speller on the prince’s empire and its ultimate downfall is almost provided.
On top of this knowledge, the p...