What Is Political Philosophy? and Other Studies

ISBN-10: 0226777138

ISBN-13: 9780226777139

Edition: 1988

Authors: Leo Strauss

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"All political action has . . . in itself a directedness towards knowledge of the good: of the good life, or of the good society. For the good society is the complete political good. If this directedness becomes explicit, if men make it their explicit goal to acquire knowledge of the good life and of the good society, political philosophy emerges. . . . The theme of political philosophy is mankind's great objectives, freedom and government or empire--objectives which are capable of lifting all men beyond their poor selves. Political philosophy is that branch of philosophy which is closest to political life, to non-philosophic life, to human life."--From "What Is Political Philosophy?" What Is Political Philosophy?--a collection of ten essays and lectures and sixteen book reviews written between 1943 and 1957--contains some of Leo Strauss's most famous writings and some of his most explicit statements of the themes that made him famous. The title essay records Strauss's sole extended articulation of the meaning of political philosophy itself. Other essays discuss the relation of political philosophy to history, give an account of the political philosophy of the non-Christian Middle Ages and of classic European modernity, and present his theory of esoteric writing.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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
What Is Political Philosophy?
Political Philosophy and History
On Classical Political Philosophy
Restatement on Xenophon's Hiero
How Farabi Read Plato's Laws
Maimonides' Statement on Political Science
On the Basis of Hobbe's Political Philosophy
Locke's Doctrine of Natural Law
On a Forgotten Kind of Writing
Kurt Riezler Criticism: Sixteen Appraisals
Index of Names
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