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Plato vs. Machiavelli on Political Philosophy

Peter Kreeft

March 9, 2023


In lecture 2, Dr. Kreeft examines the importance of finding and defining the fundamental differences between Plato, whose logic is inductive, deductive, and seductive; and Machiavelli, who, 2,000 years after Plato, set out a radical alternative to Plato’s ideal city and ruler.

In this lecture series, Dr. Peter Kreeft examines key ideas in philosophy by comparing and contrasting two representative philosophers in each episode.

To learn more about these philosophers and the other major philosophers who helped shape the world, check out Dr. Kreeft’s book series, “Socrates’ Children: An Introduction to Philosophy from the 100 Greatest Philosophers.”