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Leo Strauss's defense of the philosophic life : reading "What is political philosophy?"

Author: Rafael Major
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Leo Strauss's What Is Political Philosophy? addresses almost every major theme in his life's work and is often viewed as a defense of his overall philosophic approach. Yet precisely because the book is so foundational, if we want to understand Strauss's notoriously careful and complex thinking in these essays, we must also consider them just as Strauss treated philosophers of the past: on their own terms. Each of  Read more...
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Named Person: Leo Strauss; Leo Strauss; Leo Strauss
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rafael Major
ISBN: 9780226924205 0226924203 9780226924212 0226924211
OCLC Number: 783150249
Description: 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Thinking through Strauss's legacy / Rafael Major --
Reading "What is political philosophy?" / Nasser Behnegar --
"Political philosophy and history" / Catherine Zuckert --
Leo strauss's "On classical political philosophy" / Nathan Tarcov --
Philosophic politics and theology: Strauss's "Restatement" / Christopher Nadon --
How Strauss read Farabi's Summary of Plato's "Laws" / Daniel Tanguay --
Strauss on Maimonides's secretive political science / Joshua Parens --
Leo Strauss's "On the basis of Hobbes's political philosophy" / Devin Stauffer --
Strauss on Locke and the law of nature / Michael Zuckert --
Fishing for philosophers: Strauss's "Restatement" on the art of writing / David Janssens --
"Kurt Riezler: 1882-1955" and the "problem" of political philosophy / Susan Meld Shell.
Responsibility: edited by Rafael Major.

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