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"It is best to be both feared and loved, however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved." Politics without ethics? Doing whatever it takes to gain power? Machiavelli puts forward some thought provoking political ideas and tactics for a prince interested in gaining or maintaining power. The Prince is widely regarded as one of the most influential books on politics. One of Machiavelli's most remembered works.
Presented in the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's The Republic was written in 360 B.C. Widely regarded as a foundation piece of work in Western philosophy it is also influential in political theory. What is justice? What is knowledge? What is Goodness? What is Truth? These are just some of the philosophic issues that Plato writes about in The Republic.
Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Price in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer".
The novel follows the developing love between a Christian woman and a Roman Patrician in the time of Nero.
The romantic story arc is set against the conflict of the moral systems of the long established Roman Empire and the developing Christianity.
Sienkiewicz uses this setting to explore morality and power, and his observations remain relevant today.
The novel is based on extensive historical research and gives a good view of life in those times.
When first published in 1899 the work received a mixed critical reception; praise for its outstanding writing style and condemnation for it's frank presentation of the limits of a woman's role and its sexual openness. At the time the book only had one printing. After it's rediscovery in 1969 the book has been praised for its treatment of issues facing women and its wonderful style.
Historical fiction novel. The story begins with an actual historical tragedy - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen - one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.
The Analects is the representative work of Confucianism. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. The Analects records the words and acts of the central Chinese thinker and philosopher Confucius and his disciples. Confucianism is one of the worlds major thought systems and remains very relevant for understanding East Asia.
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