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Leo Strauss's Defense of the Philosophic Life
Author: Rafael Major

ISBN: 9780226924212
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 31 October 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
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 the contributors in this collection focuses on a single chapter fromWhat Is Political Philosophy? in an effort to shed light on both Strauss's thoughts about the history of philosophy and the major issues about which he wrote. Included are treatments of Strauss's esoteric method of reading, his critique of behavioral political science, and his views on classical political philosophy. Key thinkers whose work Strauss responded to are also analyzed in depth: Plato, Al-Farabi, Maimonides, Hobbes, and Locke, as well as twentieth-century figures such as Eric Voegelin, Alexandre Kojeve, and Kurt Riezler. Written by scholars well-known for their insight and expertise on Strauss's thought, the essays in this volu...

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