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Bachelor of Arts
Politics has forever been at the very heart of human life, and humans have forever been at the heart of politics. Until the day comes, if indeed it comes, when artificial intelligence and computers govern us, we are compelled to govern ourselves and each other. For however long we seek society, we need some among us who are willing to undertake the tasks of government and to lead. This desire—to rule, to govern, to lead—is ambition. Thus, in the study of politics and political philosophy, when one asks the question, "Who is to rule?" one must also remember to consider "How is this ruler to acquire this power and hold it?" Especially if we are to live in a society in which we choose our leaders and in which we have ourselves the opportunity to seek political office, we must consider what ambition is and in what ways it may be turned to the help of our political community. Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes point to similar and dissimilar perspectives on these questions of ambition.
Brain, Philip, "Machiavelli and Hobbes: The Fox and Lion on Ambition" (2021). Honors Theses. 256.
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