City and Man

ISBN-10: 0226777014
ISBN-13: 9780226777016
Edition: 1978 (Reprint)
Authors: Leo Strauss
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Description: The City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, and Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as a  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, and Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as a means of liberating modern political philosophy from the stranglehold of ideology. The essays are based on a long and intimate familiarity with the works, but the essay on Aristotle is especially important as one of Strauss's few writings on the philosopher who largely shaped Strauss's conception of antiquity. The essay on Plato is a full-scale discussion of Platonic political philosophy, wide in scope yet compact in execution. When discussing Thucydides, Strauss succeeds not only in presenting the historian as a moral thinker of high rank, but in drawing his thought into the orbit of philosophy, and thus indicating a relation of history and philosophy that does not presuppose the absorption of philosophy by history.

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.

Preface
Introduction
On Aristotle's Politics
On Plato's Republic
On Thucydides' War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians
Index

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