Rebirth of Classical Political Rationalism: An Introduction to the Thought of Leo Strauss : Essays and Lectures

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This concise and accessible introduction to Strauss's thought provides, for wider audience, a bridge to his more complex theoretical work. Editor Pangle has gathered five of Strauss's previously unpublished lectures and five hard-to-find published writings and has arranged them so as to demonstrate the systematic progression of the major themes that underlay Strauss's mature work.

"[These essays] display the incomparable insight and remarkable range of knowledge that set Strauss's works apart from any other ...

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Overview


This concise and accessible introduction to Strauss's thought provides, for wider audience, a bridge to his more complex theoretical work. Editor Pangle has gathered five of Strauss's previously unpublished lectures and five hard-to-find published writings and has arranged them so as to demonstrate the systematic progression of the major themes that underlay Strauss's mature work.

"[These essays] display the incomparable insight and remarkable range of knowledge that set Strauss's works apart from any other twentieth-century philosopher's."—Charles R. Kesler, National Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226777153
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1989
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 945,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Leo Strauss (1899–1973) was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, among them The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, Natural Right and History,and Spinoza’s Critique of Religion, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books.

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Table of Contents


Editor's Introduction
Part One
The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Rationalism
1. Social Science and Humanism
2. "Relativism"
3. An Introduction to Heideggerian Existentialism
Part Two
Classical Political Rationalism
4. On Classical Political Philosophy
5. Exoteric Teaching
6. Thucydides: The Meaning of Political History
7. The Problem of Socrates: Five Lectures
Part Three
The Dialogue between Reason and Revelation
8. On the Euthyphron
9. How to Begin to Study Medieval Philosophy
10. Progress of Return?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    strauss is a mad genuis

    oh my god ! if you dont know already strauss is one of the most brillant esoteric writers in our lifetime....simply put he is amazing and so are the essay's found in this book. I enjoyed his essay, exoteric vrs. esoteric writing, it this essay he explains the diffrence between the two and how esoteric writing became an art form in early greek philosophy. my favorite part is when he explains how freemasonry is a vehical to conceal esoteric secrets from the common man. (basiclly not to dissuade the public but mearly because the common man has no real intrest in esoteric writting, and if he does then he could just simply join freemasonry and study ancient philosophy with fellow men intrested in esoteric subjects) i personally am a mason and have joined because of my intrest in esoteric subject matter. Strauss explains it so well though! I have personlly used this essay to help my friends who were intersted in masory to understand one of its many aspects. ANYHOW if you are intrested in masonry, esoteric material, or ancient philosophy and very brillant ways to interpet it, this is deffenetly your book. i also recomend it to fellow masons who may be itrested in getting involved in the esoteric side of masonry and need somewhere to start.

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