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Leo Strauss On Plato's Symposium
The first major piece of unpublished work by Leo Strauss to appear in more than thirty years, this volume offers the public the unprecedented experience of encountering this renowned scholar as his students did. Given as a course in autumn 1959 under the title "Plato's Political Philosophy," these provocative lectures—until now, never published, but instead passed down fro...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 2001)
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This book was my introduction to Leo Strauss, picked up on a whim at a used book shop in Seattle's University District. I was immediately struck by the depth of knowledge Strauss brought to his analysis - speaking of Athenian topics in strictly Athenian terms, with critical attention to the details of Athenian history and what we know of Athenian religious, political, and social practices. This was a most-refreshing change from most contemporary analysis of the Symposium, which seeks to contextu...more
Leo Strauss was a German-American philosopher and philologist of ancient Greek text. In his early years studying in Germany he acquainted himself with seminal German thinkers of the 20th century such as Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl and Ernst Cassirer. As a person of Jewish ancestry, Strauss fled to the United States during the rule of Third Reich and taught at the University of Chicago. There,...moreMore about Leo Strauss...