Recovering Reason: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle

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Recovering Reason Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle is a collection of essays composed by students and friends of Thomas L. Pangle to honor his seminal work and outstanding guidance in the study of political philosophy. These essays examine both Socrates' and modern political philosophers' attempts to answer the question of the right life for human beings, as those attempts are introduced and elaborated in the work of thinkers from Homer and Thucydides to Nietzsche and Charles...

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Recovering Reason Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle is a collection of essays composed by students and friends of Thomas L. Pangle to honor his seminal work and outstanding guidance in the study of political philosophy. These essays examine both Socrates' and modern political philosophers' attempts to answer the question of the right life for human beings, as those attempts are introduced and elaborated in the work of thinkers from Homer and Thucydides to Nietzsche and Charles Taylor.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur Melzer
An extraordinarily fine collection of essays—wide-ranging, yet coherent and profound—that pays fitting tribute to the work of Thomas Pangle, one of the truly great scholars and teachers of our generation.
Ronald Beiner
The best way to honor a great scholar is with more great scholarship. Over the last few decades, Thomas Pangle has been one of the most illuminating and prolific commentators on the history of political philosophy. As a teacher, he has educated several generations of wonderfully talented students. The discipline of political philosophy has been hugely enriched both by Pangle's own work, and by the work he has helped inspire in students and colleagues-as this excellent volume so powerfully testifies.
Steven B Smith
This bold and spirited volume provides a vivid tribute to the teaching of Thomas Pangle. Over a long career at Yale, Toronto, and now the University of Texas, Pangle has attracted students devoted to carrying on the legacy of his teacher, Leo Strauss, and bringing it to its current height of influence. Pangle's own writings, whether on Plato dialogues, Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, or the Hebrew Bible have contributed both to our understanding of these texts and to the esteem in which Strauss's legacy is held today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739146316
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2010
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Burns is an associate professor of government at Skidmore College.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I: Pre-Socratic Thought Timothy Burns Burns, Timothy 1

1 Homer and the Foundation of Classical Civilization Timothy Burns Burns, Timothy 3

2 Prometheus and Oedipus: The Arrogance and Limits of Art and Reason Peter J. Ahrensdorf Ahrensdorf, Peter J. 17

3 What War Discloses Arlene W. Saxonhouse Saxonhouse, Arlene W. 31

4 The Classical Rationalism of Thucydides Timothy Burns Burns, Timothy 53

5 The Aristophanic Question Steven Forde Forde, Steven 67

6 On the Power of Rhetoric: Gorgias and the Philosophic Foundation of Sophistry Paul A. Rahe Rahe, Paul A. 83

Part II: Socratic Rationalism Michael P. Zuckert Zuckert, Michael P. 99

7 Socrates and the Sophists Michael P. Zuckert Zuckert, Michael P. 101

8 Thrasymachus's Blush Devin Stauffer Stauffer, Devin 117

9 Civic or Human Virtue in Aristotle's Politics David Leibowitz Leibowitz, David 129

10 Happiness in the Perspective of Philosophy Robert Goldberg Goldberg, Robert 147

11 Maimonides's Treatment of Providence Christopher Bruell Bruell, Christopher 161

12 A Slingshot Recoils: The Critique of Philosophy in Halevi's Kuzari Linda R. Rabieh Rabieh, Linda R. 179

Part III: On Leo Strauss Richard S. Ruderman Ruderman, Richard S. 193

13 Thinking Nietzsche Through and Strauss's Recovery of Classical Political Philosophy Richard S. Ruderman Ruderman, Richard S. 195

14 John Toland and Leo Strauss on Esoteric Writing Christopher Baldwin Baldwin, Christopher 209

15 Did Plato Believe in his own Metaphysics? And Did Strauss? J. Judd Owen Owen, J. Judd 223

16 Leo Strauss on Machiavelli and the Origins of Modernity Waller R. Newell Newell, Waller R. 239

Part IV: Modern Political Philosophy Nathan Tarcov Tarcov, Nathan 249

17 Aristotelian Kingship and Lockean Prerogative Nathan Tarcov Tarcov, Nathan 251

18 "For Which Human Nature Can Never Be Too Grateful": Montesquieu as the Heir of Christianity Ross J. Corbett Corbett, Ross J. 269

19 "They Flock into Cities; Their Situation is Less Precarious": David Hume and the Intellectual Origins of the American Founding Clifford Orwin Orwin, Clifford 285

20 Rousseau on the Philosophical Life Les reveries du Promeneur Solitaire John W. Danford Danford, John W. 305

21 Schiller on Aesthetic Education: Radicalization by Return Heinrich Meier Meier, Heinrich 325

22 Stendhal and the Promise of Happiness: An Introduction to the Charterhouse of Parma Fred Baumann Baumann, Fred 345

23 Tocqueville's Burke, or Story as History Robert C. Bartlett Bartlett, Robert C. 369

Part V: Contemporary Issues and Political Philosophy Ralph Lerner Lerner, Ralph 377

24 Corrupting or Edifying? Cato the Elder and Cicero on the Role of Philosophy in Roman Civic Education Ralph Lerner Lerner, Ralph 379

25 Abstract Painting and the Rule of Doubt Bryan-Paul Frost Frost, Bryan-Paul 399

26 Kissinger and Thucydides Laurie Fendrich Fendrich, Laurie 413

27 Charles Taylor as a Theorist of Multiculturalism Recognition/Authenticity Donald Kagan Kagan, Donald 421

28 Neuroplasticity, Perfectibility, and Three Ideas of Nature H. Donald Forbes Forbes, H. Donald 443

Bibliography of the Published Work of Thomas L. Pangle Norman Doidge Doidge, Norman 465

Index Norman Doidge Doidge, Norman 475

About the Contributors Norman Doidge Doidge, Norman 483

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