Soul, Body, and Augustine's and Machiavelli's Views on Human Nature Machiavelli insists that he sees men as they really are rather than we might wish men to be (XV, p. 62). Augustine also depicts how men actually live in the City of God. How are Augustine's and Machiavelli's understandings of human nature similar to and different from each other? How does these differences affect their political philosophy? Augustine and Machiavelli are similar in their pessimistic views
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But the Prince is not a book for everyone (p. 61), because in the Prince, peace depends on the virtue and tactic of the prince. Keeping the City of God with in a few readers or spreading the Prince to the society is not the writers' purpose. Blaming Machiavelli on teaching gangsters evil is unfair, for his theory itself is not dangerous, but it is the widespread of the Prince that makes it dangerous to mankind.