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In Berlin's interpretation of him, Machiavelli is not, as most commentators have
asserted, a mere political technician, interested only in operational means and
indifferent to ultimate ends; nor is he a detached, objective political scientist,
... namely, that not all ultimate values are necessarily compatible with one
another — that there might be a conceptual (what used to be called '
philosophical') and not merely a material obstacle to the notion ofthesingle
ultimate solution which, ...
Moreover, Bodin and Montesquieu, while they maintain that the means open to
dissimilar societies may differ, seem to have no doubt about the universality,
objectivity, immutability of ultimate values - peace, justice, happiness, rational ...
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The Originality of Machiavelli
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