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The City and Man Leo Strauss

The City and Man

Leo Strauss

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ISBN : 9780226777016
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254 pages
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The City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotles Politics, Platos Republic, and Thucydides Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as aMoreThe City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotles Politics, Platos Republic, and Thucydides Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as a means of liberating modern political philosophy from the stranglehold of ideology. The essays are based on a long and intimate familiarity with the works, but the essay on Aristotle is especially important as one of Strausss few writings on the philosopher who largely shaped Strausss conception of antiquity. The essay on Plato is a full-scale discussion of Platonic political philosophy, wide in scope yet compact in execution. When discussing Thucydides, Strauss succeeds not only in presenting the historian as a moral thinker of high rank, but in drawing his thought into the orbit of philosophy, and thus indicating a relation of history and philosophy that does not presuppose the absorption of philosophy by history.