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What is Political Philosophy? And Other Studies

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"All political action has . . . in itself a directedness towards knowledge of the good: of the good life, or of the good society. For the good society is the complete political good. If this directedness becomes explicit, if men make it their explicit goal to acquire knowledge of the good life and of the good society, political philosophy emerges. . . . The theme of politi ...more
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Published October 15th 1988 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1957)
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February 2006

The enticing ambiguities of Leo Strauss

For an author who is most often despised, and occasionally revered, one is surprised on how little consensus there is on what Leo Strauss actually thought. In this brief review I would like to give the prospective reader a little taste of the great enigma that is Leo Strauss.

The difficulty is this, in reading Leo Strauss one always gets the feeling that one is either on the edge of a rather large insight or the target of an elaborate, b
Jacob Stubbs
So, the two essays I read in this book were both good. The first of which (the eponymous "What is Political Philosophy") is a very Heideggerian polemic against the current state of political science. Strauss does a very good job of polemicizing the problems of separating theory from science. The three waves theory was interesting, but seemed to lose weight as it continued to move forward (you can also see this with the amount of time he spends on every respective wave).

The second essay I read w
Pedro José
This book is excellent for anyone interested both in an introduction to political thought as well as some insight into deeper questions. Thus, not all the essays in this volume are equally accessible to someone without any previous knowledge of political theory. The first one, which gives its name to the book, and the second ("Political Philosophy and History") are absolutely worth it.
Nov 12, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Intro to Part 2, as one of Four Beginning, Though Difficult, Books by Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin.
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Jul 01, 2011 Marts (Thinker) marked it as sounds-interesting
Strauss presents a collection of essays, lectures, and reviews examining the theme of political philosophy, and varied aspects of political and human life...
Somewhat more obscure essays than in 'The Return of Classical Political Rationalism', but just as illuminating.
Sam Snideman
The most confusing political theory book I've ever read in my life. Straussians are weird people.
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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, ...more
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