Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy
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.
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Introduction by Thomas L Pangle
Philosophy as Rigorous Science and Political Philosophy
On Platos Apology of Socrates and Crito
On the Euthydemus
Preliminary Observations on the Gods in Thucydides Work
On Natural Law
Notes on Maimonides Book of Knowledge
Note on Maimonides Letter on Astrology
Note on Maimonides Treatise on the Art of Logic
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
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