"The outstanding essays in this collection address a question that is central in our time, or any time. Can philosophy, the way of life governed by the uncompromising use of reason, defend itself adequately against rivals who claim that it is immoral, irreligious, impossible, or illusory?" - Mark Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, USA
"From the admirers of Leo Strauss to those of Pierre Hadot, students of classical philosophy are today rediscovering the idea of philosophy as a way of life - and 'ways of life' as a philosophical question. But as this stimulating book shows, those questions have been debated throughout the Western philosophical tradition, down to the modern age. By throwing a light on the centuries' long conversion about alternative ways of life, from pure inquiry to political engagement to religious devotion to serene solitude, the authors lead us to ask: what exactly would it mean to live a philosophical life today? And how would it stand in relation to the other ways of life available in modern democracy? A thought-provoking volume." - Mark Lilla, Professor, Columbia University, USA
About the Author
Thomas L. Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, and is the Co-Director of The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas. He has won Guggenheim and four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He is a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalisms (1973); The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke (1988); The Learning of Liberty: The Educational Ideas of the American Founders, co-authored with wife Lorraine (1993); Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace, co-authored with Peter J. Ahrensdorf (1999); and The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws (2010).
J. Harvey Lomax is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis. From 1998 to 2000 he was Visiting Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is the author of The Paradox of Philosophic Education and the translator of Karl Loewith's Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same and of Heinrich Meier's Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. The Hidden Dialogue.