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History of Political Philosophy 3rd Edition
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1) A & B reading lists at the end of each chapter--- The A readings give an idea of what's required for basic exposure with the political thinker's thought, while the B readings are for extended study. A wonderful time-saving tool, especially for the classroom.
2) Notes at the end of each entry--- As many of the essays are meant to get the reader to ask questions regarding a certain thinker's intentions, they are not always clear until you compare the essay with the noted passages. Remember that the essays are not to be read in isolation; the notes almost always refer to the primary sources of a philosopher and are usually limited to his general corpus (ex. Plato's "Republic", Rousseau's "Social Contract", Hobbes "Leviathan", etc.). Read the notes to understand the essays as much as the essays to understand the notes.
3) The index--- Almost every theme, idea, and subject touching upon political thought is listed here. You will be surprised at how comprehensive it is, although this index's main virtue is in forcing you to pay attention to the overall essays, which in turn force you to pay attention to the primary sources.Read more ›
One of this books main strengths lie in its atomized considerations of political philosophers- Strauss attempts no overarching theory, but keeps his comments and observations close cropped and relevant, making most of his characterizations accurate and excellent introducations in and odf themselves. I first came upon this book as a treaching tool as an intro book, but have since realized I liked it myself, meaning this book has much to give nearly everyone who reads it.
I agree with the person below that ceretain areas were perfunctory (Machiavelli is not a philosopher to consider without much commentary, and Angelo Codevilla does a better job), but other parts I diosagree with (I had the exact opposite problem with the American considerations, and thought them perfunctory and too brief), but these are very limited criticisms of a book that was exemplary in most every other case.
Get this book and give another to an intelligent friend. It is fascinating and engaging.
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Leo Strauss was known for his close careful deep reading of classic Western Civilization philosophic texts. It shows here with him and his students doing a magnificent job. Read morePublished 14 months ago by eric warwick
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