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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Altruism definitions


  • the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others (opposed to egoism).
The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1997 by Random House Inc.


  • the attitude of caring about the good of others, leading to acts that help them although you do not gain anything by doing them

Source: Cambridge Dictionary of American English

Machiavelli and altruism

Every quote and suggestion in The Prince is made with ONLY the concern of the prince at heart. There are several examples in The Prince where a prince must act in cruel ways against others, where only the prince gets a benefit from these actions.

The welfare of others is never considered in the prince, however, The Prince is full of suggestions of how a prince should take care of himself, even at the expense of others if required.

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