Informations and abstract
This essay analyzes the concept of common good in "The Prince" and "The Discourses". According to Machiavelli the common good cannot be founded upon any sort of firm ground: neither metaphysical nor divine, not even natural. It originates from the necessary simultaneity of conflicting elements: historical-political disputes or ethical dycothomies. Task of the politician, who, according to Machiavelli, radically distinguishes himself for the tyrant, is to provoke a constructive tension among these elements, in order to pursue the common good. The latter consists in the protection of life, family, property and, in a republican context, in the participation to the public freedom.