Natural Right and History

Paperback | August 12, 1999

byLeo Strauss

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In this classic work, Leo Strauss examines the problem of natural right and argues that there is a firm foundation in reality for the distinction between right and wrong in ethics and politics. On the centenary of Strauss's birth, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Walgreen Lectures which spawned the work, Natural Right and History remains as controversial and essential as ever.

"Strauss . . . makes a significant contribution towards an understanding of the intellectual crisis in which we find ourselves . . . [and] brings to his task an admirable scholarship and a brilliant, incisive mind."—John H. Hallowell, American Political Science Review

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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Leo Strauss examines the problematic subject of natural right in this fine work of philosophy. Natural Right and History argues that there is a firm and real foundation for the concept of right and wrong in the world of politics and ethics. As controversial and relevant as ever, Natural Right and History is a must-have for anyone inter...

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In this classic work, Leo Strauss examines the problem of natural right and argues that there is a firm foundation in reality for the distinction between right and wrong in ethics and politics. On the centenary of Strauss's birth, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Walgreen Lectures which spawned the work, Natural Right and History re...

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The problem of natural right is one of the most controversial and significant issues in contemporary political and social philosophy. Leo Strauss, eminent author of The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, examines the current status of this problem and shows that the reasons which have led to a rejection of natural right are not valid.

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226776948

ISBN - 13:9780226776941

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Natural Right and the Historical Approach
II. Natural Right and the Distinction between Facts and Values
III. The Origin of the Idea of Natural Right
IV. Classic Natural Right
V. Modern Natural Right
A. Hobbes
B. Locke
VI. The Crisis of Modern Natural Right
A. Rousseau
B. Burke
Index

From Our Editors

Leo Strauss examines the problematic subject of natural right in this fine work of philosophy. Natural Right and History argues that there is a firm and real foundation for the concept of right and wrong in the world of politics and ethics. As controversial and relevant as ever, Natural Right and History is a must-have for anyone interested in the disciplines of history, philosophy or political science.