Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy

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ISBN-13: 9780226777009
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List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

One of the outstanding thinkers of our time offers in this book his final words to posterity. Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy was well underway at the time of Leo Strauss's death in 1973. Having chosen the title for the book, he selected the most important writings of his later years and arranged them to clarify the issues in political philosophy that occupied his attention throughout his life. As his choice of title indicates, the heart of Strauss's work is Platonism--a Platonism that is altogether unorthodox and highly controversial. These essays consider, among others, Heidegger, Husserl, Nietzsche, Marx, Moses Maimonides, Machiavelli, and of course Plato himself to test the Platonic understanding of the conflict between philosophy and political society. Strauss argues that an awesome spritual impoverishment has engulfed modernity because of our dimming awareness of that conflict. Thomas Pangle's Introduction places the work within the context of the entire Straussian corpus and focuses especially on Strauss's late Socratic writings as a key to his mature thought. For those already familiar with Strauss, Pangle's essay will provoke thought and debate; for beginning readers of Strauss, it provides a fine introduction. A complete bibliography of Strauss's writings if included.

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, among them The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, Natural Right and History,and Spinoza's Critique of Religion, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books.

Foreword
Introduction
Abbreviations
Philosophy as Rigorous Science and Political Philosophy
On Plato'sApology of SocratesandCrito
On theEuthydemus
Preliminary Observations on the Gods in Thucydides' Work
Xenophon'sAnabasis
On Natural Law
Jerusalem and Athens: Some Preliminary Reflections
Note on the Plan of Nietzsche'sBeyond Good and Evil
Notes on Maimonides'Book of Knowledge
Note on Maimonides'Letter on Astrology
Note on Maimonides'Treatise on the Art of Logic
Niccolo Machiavelli
Review of C. B. Macpherson,The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke
Review of J. L. Talmon,The Nature of Jewish History—Its Universal Significance
Introductory Essay for Hermann Cohen,Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism
Leo Strauss, 1899-1973, a Bibliography
Index

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