Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1985 - Philosophy - 268 pages
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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Contents

Introduction by Thomas L Pangle
1
Abbreviations
27
Philosophy as Rigorous Science and Political Philosophy
29
On Platos Apology of Socrates and Crito
38
On the Euthydemus
67
Preliminary Observations on the Gods in Thucydides Work
89
Xenophons Anabasis
105
On Natural Law
137
Notes on Maimonides Book of Knowledge
192
Note on Maimonides Letter on Astrology
205
Note on Maimonides Treatise on the Art of Logic
208
Niccolo Machiavelli
210
Hobbes to Locke
229
Review of J L Talmon The Nature of Jewish History Its Universal Significance
232
Introductory Essay for Hermann Cohen Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism
233
Leo Strauss 18991973 a Bibliography
249

Some Preliminary Reflections
147
Note on the Plan of Nietzsches Beyond Good and Evil
174

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At the time of his death, Leo Strauss was the Scott Buchanan Distinguished Scholar in Residence at St. John's College. His contributions to political philsophy include Natural Right and History, The Argument and Action of Plato's Laws, Socrates and Aristophanes, The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, The City and Man, Thoughts on Machiavelli, and, with Joseph Cropsey, History of Political Philosophy, all published by the University of Chicago Press. Thomas L. Pangle is professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

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