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Strauss wrote mainly as a historian of philosophy and most of his writings take the form of commentaries on important thinkers and their writings. While much of his philosophical project involved an attempt to rethink pre-modern philosophy, the impetus for this reconsideration and the philosophical problems that vexed Strauss most were decidedly modern. Strauss was born on September 20, in Kirchhain, a small, rural town in Germany. He was raised in an orthodox Jewish home and also studied at a Gymnasium in nearby Marburg where he received a broad humanistic education.
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Show full item record. Last updated: 20 May Sorensen, Kim Andrew. The importance of the revelation-reason question in the works of Leo Strauss is central to an understanding of his thought. This central question poses two fundamental alternatives-religion and philosophy-for understanding the good life.
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This paper gives a much broader account of meaning and understanding than is traditional among philosophers of language and intellectual historians. I offer a philosophical basis for these ideas and show their value in studying the history of political thought and history of philosophy. Skinner implies that there is one idea of meaning and one idea of understanding; I discuss others. This paper presents a framework of four types of meaning and understanding in the history of political thought and intellectual history. Previous frameworks have overlooked a whole type of meaning — the type often prioritised by political theorists and philosophers. Even historians often need extended meaning, for example to help resolve ambiguous passages.
It is no exaggeration to say that the impact of Leo Strauss on the academic community in North America is a phenomenon. He is the founder of a movement, a school of thought and even a cult. Universities in Canada and the United States now abound with these disputatious, dogmatic and vehemently defensive disciples known as Straussians. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
In his own lectures on Hegel, Strauss continues his project of demonstrating how modern philosophers related to ancient thought and explores the development and weaknesses of modern political theory. In addition to a relatively complete transcript, Leo Strauss on Hegel also includes annotations, which bring context and clarity to the text. Leo Strauss on Hegel.
Leo Strauss is known primarily for reviving classical political philosophy through careful analyses of works by ancient thinkers. In , however, Strauss offered an introductory course on political philosophy at the University of Chicago. Using a conversational style, he sought to make political philosophy, as well as his own ideas and methods, understandable to those with little background on the subject. In seeking the common good, classical political philosophers like Plato and Aristotle did not distinguish between political philosophy and political science. Today, however, political philosophy must contend with the contemporary belief that it is impossible to know what the good society really is.
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