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The Rebirth of Classical Political Rationalism: An Introduction to the Thought of Leo Strauss

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This concise and accessible introduction to Strauss's thought provides, for wider audience, a bridge to his more complex theoretical work. Editor Pangle has gathered five of Strauss's previously unpublished lectures and five hard-to-find published writings and has arranged them so as to demonstrate the systematic progression of the major themes that underlay Strauss's matu ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 15th 1989 by University Of Chicago Press
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Josh Friedlander
A great introduction into a titanic thinker. Best known for his Neocon disciples and his theory of hidden, esoteric meanings in ancient texts, Strauss studied under Heidegger and, in the climate of a crisis of rationalism and the decline of European civilisation, absorbed the master's belief that the answers lay in a return to the Classics, and a pre-Modern way of life. Unlike Heidegger, though, who found succor in a type of Existentialism, and later in a mystical turn away from society, Strauss ...more
William Miller
Mar 27, 2008 William Miller rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lost Souls
Recommended to William by: Required Reading
I had to read this book for a class on Postmodern Political Thought. Our goals in that class were narrow, and generally the lesson plan revolved on Heidegger's work (whom the professor regarded as the creator, and only worthy purveyor, of modern existentialism)and Strauss' response to it. While Heidegger is a mind without equal in modern philosophy, Strauss holds his own in this introductory work.
I found the last essay, "Progress or Return?", to be particularly enlightening. One always hears ho
What a dense read! Still, wading through Strauss’ concepts and verbosity was well worth it. Historicity and the evolution of psychological schemas, the myth of scientific progress, conformity to tradition and social mores (i.e. morality), motion and stillness (war and peace), and so on: All these topics expounded by Strauss expanded my understanding of social reality in a far-reaching way.

Neo-cons? That’s but one interpretation, but a single (and in my opinion, quite misguided) path of this man’
Indeed an introduction. Teaches the basic elements of Strauss's concerns with the dialogue between reason and revelation, the doctrine of esoteric writing, etc. Having majored in history, I find his provocative essay on Thucydides very interesting.
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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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