Humanism is the stance on philosophy and ethics which focuses the human beings agency and value not only on individual basis, but also in a collective manner. Furthermore, humanism or humanist (a person following humanism) commonly takes under preference essential evidence and thinking over dogmatic or superstitious acceptance. Those individuals who are called humanist are of the world view which is naturalistic completely, and therefore they are also called as atheists.
This essay has been prepared to explore whether Machiavelli can be called as a humanist or not. From this perspective, the essay will explore the essential features of humanist individually and in conjunction to Machiavelli. The essay argues in favour of the perspective that Machiavelli was a humanist.
If one wants acquiring generosity based reputation, then one has to be lavish ostentatiously. Someone acting in that manner will soon result in squandering their resources and in the end they will be forced to lay their burdens excessively over the individuals for imposing taxes of extortionate nature (Burke, 1999, pp. 16-30). This in turn will initiate to make their subjects to dislike him or her. Under the contention of Machiavelli, the solution lies in giving away to the subjects by an individual what has been got by pillaging and also plundering. One of the most popular remarks made by Machiavelli is that within the acts of men and particularly of princes, the end is such that results in justifying the means (Machiavelli, 2016, pp. 28-54). Therefore, it becomes not necessary for princes to have faith any more than serving their motivations. The end for Machiavelli always results in justifying the mean. The advice of Machiavelli is steeped under selfish behaviour as whatever a person does, he does for their individual good and not for people based good (Machiavelli, 2016, pp. 28-54).
From the observations in this essay and from the analysis on the comments made by Machiavelli, it was evident humanity was at the core to his intentions. Being a humanist was mostly influenced through his positive notions on humanity and the need to be in alignment with the surrounding (Machiavelli, 1983, pp. 26-41). This has been made clear through Machiavelli’s notions presented in the text for example, in the Prince. Through his work, Machiavelli purports at reflecting the individual conscious realism politically of a person who is completely aware over the base of directly experiencing. Also, he states that right is not enough for winning and maintaining situations (Machiavelli, 2016, pp. 25-40). Different narrations by Machiavelli contended the way in which he used and subverted simultaneously the historical tradition of humanity. From the perspective of the learnings gained, it is evident that humanity was a key subject to Machiavelli and he was a true humanist who cared about feelings and the way in which human nature can be moulded to appreciate humanity as well.