The City and Man

Strauss Leo
"An enlarged version of the Page-Barbour lectures ... delivered at the University of Virginia in the spring of 1962."




The City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, and Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as a means of liberating modern political philosophy from the stranglehold of ideology. The essays are based on a long and intimate familiarity with the works, but the essay on Aristotle is especially important as one of Strauss's few writings on the philosopher who largely shaped Strauss's conception of antiquity. The essay on Plato is a full-scale discussion of Platonic political philosophy, wide in scope yet compact in execution. When discussing Thucydides, Strauss succeeds not only in presenting the historian as a moral thinker of high rank, but in drawing his thought into the orbit of philosophy, and thus indicating a relation of history and philosophy that does not presuppose the absorption of philosophy by history.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226777014
ISBN-13 9780226777016
GTIN-13 9780226777016
GTIN-14 09780226777016
Author Strauss Leo
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 254
Publication Date Nov 14, 1978
Dimension 5.92 in 9.02 in 0.61 in