Leo Strauss's Defense Of The Philosophic Life: Reading What Is Political Philosophy? by Rafael Major

Leo Strauss's Defense Of The Philosophic Life: Reading What Is Political Philosophy?

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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 the contributors in this collection focuses on a single chapter from What 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 Kojève, and Kurt Riezler. Written by scholars well-known for their insight and expertise on Strauss’s thought, the essays in this volume apply to Strauss the same meticulous approach he developed in reading others.
The first book-length treatment on a single book by Strauss, Leo Strauss’s Defense of the Philosophic Life will serve as an invaluable companion to those seeking a helpful introduction or delving deeper into the major themes and ideas of this controversial thinker.

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Rafael Major is the director of faculty development at the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History and teaches at Ursinus College.

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Title:Leo Strauss's Defense Of The Philosophic Life: Reading What Is Political Philosophy?Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION. Thinking Through Strauss’s Legacy
Rafael Major

CHAPTER 1. Reading “What Is Political Philosophy?”
Nasser Behnegar

CHAPTER 2. “Political Philosophy and History”
Catherine Zuckert

CHAPTER 3. Leo Strauss’s “On Classical Political Philosophy”
Nathan Tarcov

CHAPTER 4. Philosophic Politics and Theology: Strauss’s “Restatement”
Christopher Nadon

CHAPTER 5. How Strauss Read Farabi’s Summary of Plato’s “Laws”
Daniel Tanguay

CHAPTER 6. Strauss on Maimonides’s Secretive Political Science
Joshua Parens

CHAPTER 7. Leo Strauss’s “On the Basis of Hobbes’s Political Philosophy”
Devin Stauffer

CHAPTER 8. Strauss on Locke and the Law of Nature
Michael Zuckert

CHAPTER 9. Fishing for Philosophers: Strauss’s “Restatement” on the Art of Writing
David Janssens

CHAPTER 10. “Kurt Riezler: 1882–1955” and the “Problem” of Political Philosophy
Susan Meld Shell

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