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Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Zuckert, Michael P.; Zuckert, Catherine H.

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press, 2014
ISBN 10: 022613573X / ISBN 13: 9780226135731
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Verlag: University Of Chicago Press

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: In their latest book, the Zuckert's turn their attention to a searching and more comprehensive interpretation of Strauss's thought as a whole, using the many manifestations of the "problem of political philosophy" as their touchstone. Strauss's life work, they argue, revolved around recovering, and then restoring, political philosophy to its original--Socratic--form. And, just as political philosophy has multiple meanings within Strauss's thought, so too does the problem of political philosophy. In Part Two, they take up Strauss's novel understanding of the history of philosophy and the thinkers who comprise it. Strauss offered unconventional readings of canonical political philosophers, both ancient and modern--Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Locke. The chapters in the third part examine Strauss's thought in its twentieth century context. The Zuckerts consider his debts to, and disagreements with, Husserl, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, his relationship to Carl Schmitt and his response to the "theologico-political problem," and his contention that liberal democracy is the best regime for our time. The Zuckerts conclude their analysis by highlighting some of the more controversial aspects of Strauss's thought and offering their own reservations and unanswered questions about Strauss's philosophic activity. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_022613573X

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Inhaltsangabe: Leo Strauss and his alleged political influence regarding the Iraq War have in recent years been the subject of significant media attention, including stories in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Time magazine even called him “one of the most influential men in American politics.? With The Truth about Leo Strauss, Michael and Catherine Zuckert challenged the many claims and speculations about this notoriously complex thinker. Now, with Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy, they turn their attention to a searching and more comprehensive interpretation of Strauss?s thought as a whole, using the many manifestations of the “problem of political philosophy? as their touchstone.
  For Strauss, political philosophy presented a “problem? to which there have been a variety of solutions proposed over the course of Western history. Strauss?s work, they show, revolved around recovering—and restoring—political philosophy to its original Socratic form. Since positivism and historicism represented two intellectual currents that undermined the possibility of a Socratic political philosophy, the first part of the book is devoted to Strauss?s critique of these two positions. Then, the authors explore Strauss?s interpretation of the history of philosophy and both ancient and modern canonical political philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Locke. Strauss?s often-unconventional readings of these philosophers, they argue, pointed to solutions to the problem of political philosophy. Finally, the authors examine Strauss?s thought in the context of the twentieth century, when his chief interlocutors were Schmitt, Husserl, Heidegger, and Nietzsche.
  The most penetrating and capacious treatment of the political philosophy of this complex and often misunderstood thinker, from his early years to his last works, Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy reveals Strauss?s writings as an attempt to show that the distinctive characteristics of ancient and modern thought derive from different modes of solving the problem of political philosophy and reveal why he considered the ancient solution both philosophically and politically superior.

Über den Autor: Michael Zuckert is a Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, The Natural Rights Republic, and Launching Liberalism. Catherine Zuckert is a Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Plato?s Philosophers, Postmodern Platos, and The American Imagination. Together, they are the authors of The Truth about Leo Strauss, also published by the University of Chicago Press. They live in South Bend, IN.

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