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An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays (Culture of Jewish Modernity) Paperback – August 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0814319024 ISBN-10: 0814319025 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press; Revised edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814319025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814319024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Book Description

A reissue of the 1975 edition of Strauss' views regarding the nature of political philosophy.

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A reissue of the 1975 edition, with four added essays, this collection offers a clear introduction to Strauss' views regarding the nature of political philosophy, its chief contemporary antagonists, its classical forms, and its modern version. It gives the reader Strauss' thoughts on what political philosophy has been and should be again.

Selected for their general interest and their accessibility, the essays in the book provide a solid foundation for understanding Leo Strauss and his political philosophy.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By greg taylor VINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
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this would be a good choice. This edition of this book contains ten essays that introduce the reader to the main themes of the Straussian approach to political philosophy.
My only caveat is for people who have already read some other books by Strauss or who plan to- most of what is contained in this book is in other collections of Strauss' writing (e.g., the first two essays are also in What is Political Philosophy) or are excerpts from other books (e.g., the fourth essay is the first chapter of Natural Right and History). So if you are the sort of person who likes to read widely in an author, this may not be your best choice. The University of Chicago Press should publish a standard edition of Struass' complete writings (hint, hint).
What I plan to offer in this review is some background to the reading of Strauss. This will not read like a review in the sense that I will provide little summary of the essays. But everything I tell you in this review speaks to the writings in this book.
Strauss' work is best understood within the context of his own history. The essential fact to grasp in his biography is that he was Jewish and grew up in Germany in the early part of the twentieth century. It is impossible to overemphasize the shock to his being-in-the-world of the Germans electing Hitler. During his education, he was greatly influenced by his study of Nietzsche, Weber, Husserl and Heidegger. But his primary focus was on the "Jewish problem". Strauss' analysis led him to three basic alternatives: assimilation, political Zionism and an authentic return to the Jewish orthodox religious tradition of the Galut (readers who want to know more about this phase of Strauss' life should go to Daniel Tanguey's superb book, Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mircea Tiplea on November 17, 2014
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