Liberalism Ancient and Modern

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Liberal democratic thought in the twentieth century is composed of two strands: the classical, which emphasizes human excellence, and the modern, which emphasizes individual freedom and social equality. In this collection of essays, Strauss examines the ambiguous relationship between these tendencies, seeking to illuminate the democratic discourse.
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Overview

Liberal democratic thought in the twentieth century is composed of two strands: the classical, which emphasizes human excellence, and the modern, which emphasizes individual freedom and social equality. In this collection of essays, Strauss examines the ambiguous relationship between these tendencies, seeking to illuminate the democratic discourse.
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Foss's column, Monitor October 1909 to March 1911, embodies progressive public librarianship in the early 1900s. Paper reprint of the 1968 original Basic Books with a new foreword. A collection of essays on the two strands of 20th century liberal democratic thought: the classical as in emphasizes human excellence, and the modern, which emphasizes individual freedom and social equality. Strauss' insights continue to be pertinent after 20 years. Indexed by name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226776897
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 953,291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His contributions to political philsophy include Natural Right and History, The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, The City and the Man, Thoughts on Machiavelli, Persecution and the Art of Writing, What Is Political Philosophy?, The History of Political Philosophy, and The Rebirth of Classical Rationalism, all available from the University of Chicago Press.
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Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface
1. What Is Liberal Education?
2. Liberal Education and Responsibility
3. The Liberalism of Classical Political Philosophy
4. On the Minos
5. Notes on Lucretius
6. How To Begin to Study The Guide of the Perplexed
7. Marsilius of Padua
8. An Epilogue
9. Preface to Spinoza's Critique of Religion
10. Perspectives on the Good Society
Acknowledgments
Index of Names
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