History of Political Philosophy

PDF EBook by Leo Strauss

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I actually read this entire book from cover- PDFto-cover. History of Political Philosophy PDF EBook

For fun.

Because i felt somebody really ought to.

I'm of the opinion that anyone who wishes to truly understand a subject must diligently study not merely the superficial aspects of that subject, but also the subtle and arcane aspects. The tree, as they say, grows mostly below the ground. This view is also, it seems, paramount among the authors of this collection of essays. Covering the history of political philosophy from Thucydides to Hiedegger, the authors encourage the reader to consider the less-popular works of well-known thinkers, so as to better appreciate the true scope and depth of their thoughts. Many high-school children are assigned Machiavelli's "The Prince," but how many are assigned Machiavelli's "Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy?" How many read Adam Smith's "The Theory of Moral Sentiments?"

One is tempted to read "Straussianism" into each essay, and I suppose that may be rightly so. I'm not a professional academic, and I can't pretend to appreciate the complex subtleties of debates between big-city University philosophy departments. If there is a political agenda being conveyed in this text, however, it is not one that lends itself to simple "left vs. right" characterization. The essay on Marx presents the subject's views with equal respect and fervor as does the essay on Blackstone.

The reader will also find an extremely helpful index, and copious reference notes and additional reading recommendations at the end of each chapter. Overall, this is an essential read and valuable reference tool for today's busy philoso-punk.
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