Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Joseph Cropsey Editor. This volume provides an unequaled introduction to the thought of chief contributors to the Western tradition of political philosophy from classical Greek antiquity to the twentieth century. Written by specialists on the various philosophers, this third edition has been expanded significantly to include both new and revised essays.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 30th by University of Chicago Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about History of Political Philosophy , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about History of Political Philosophy. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 09, Popebrak rated it it was amazing.
I actually read this entire book from cover-to-cover. 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 Hiedegge I actually read this entire book from cover-to-cover. 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.
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. 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. Apr 07, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: political-philosophy , philosophy , personal-favorites.
Leo Strauss' Political Philosophy: Reviled But Redeemed
This hefty tome has given me a broader perspective of some of the most influential thinkers throughout the ages. Besides showing me gaps in my understanding of political philosophy, and kindling a greater thirst for knowledge, Strauss' History provides an overarching perspective of intellectual history. It traces modern thought to it's roots, and opens up an invaluable conversation with the past.
Thanks in part to this book, the present makes more sense. Apr 30, Steven Williams rated it liked it. This is rather a long book nine-hundred plus pages , so I am not going to provide any synopsis for it. It is an anthology written by various academics, covering a variety of political philosophers and others who while not philosophers contributed to the field of political philosophy. There are famous and not so famous among those who are written about. Some of the not so famous are Hugo Grotius, Montesquieu, and Wil This is rather a long book nine-hundred plus pages , so I am not going to provide any synopsis for it.
Some of those that are not philosophers, but still included in the book are Thucydides, John Milton, and Tocqueville. The book goes no further then Heidegger. It ends with an essay on one of the editors, who was deceased when the third edition was produced, Leo Strauss, and his work in the history of political philosophy.
I am going to forgo any comments on specific pieces of text.
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I only took a few notes, and none of them strike me as comment worthy now. Being an anthology I was attracted to some chapters more than others; although, I found the writing to be pretty good in general. Seeing this, and that it took me quite awhile to finish it, and that political philosophy is not a topic that I am into, I still enjoyed reading it.
One reason for my enjoyment was that a lot of the chapters went over the ethical views of the person being discussed, and ethics is one area of philosophy that I tend to think a good deal about. My recommendation would definitely lean toward those that are really interested in political philosophy. I supposed that one could read the book in piecemeal fashion; although, that is not my style of reading. May 18, Drenda rated it really liked it. Bryan rated it really liked it Aug 20, Holly Peterson rated it really liked it Jun 03, Sauwelios rated it really liked it Oct 23, Michael marked it as to-read Aug 29, Ronald added it Dec 14, Tanzhi marked it as to-read May 03, Vitali marked it as to-read Sep 08, Tasshin Fogleman marked it as to-read Mar 02, Thomas Baughman marked it as to-read Apr 27, Hadrian marked it as to-read Nov 28, Jeff Samuelson marked it as to-read Jan 17, John marked it as to-read Mar 10, Andrew Schirmer marked it as to-read Jun 20, Tony marked it as to-read Aug 02, Jacob van Berkel marked it as to-read Aug 04, Miguel Angel marked it as to-read Sep 10, John Gronau marked it as to-read Jan 01, Donald Forster marked it as to-read Sep 10, Richard marked it as to-read Oct 21, Grant Huling added it Apr 22, Derek Peffer marked it as to-read May 10, Rob marked it as to-read Jun 03, Max marked it as to-read Jun 04, Andrew Meintzer marked it as to-read Jun 10, Mathew Benjamin marked it as to-read Jul 16, Prasanna marked it as to-read Jul 30, Mohamed marked it as to-read Oct 24, Stoner Jr.
In all, Geoffrey Vaughan has compiled a work that is essential not only for students of Strauss and Straussian thought but for anyone, whether Catholic or not, who is interested in questions of faith and reason. If the synthesis poses a danger, a remedy must be found—but that does not, for the Christian, mean the synthesis must be abandoned.
About the Author. Ranke was no idealist. The classic Anglo American position has been left out of the debate.
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