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Good essays on Thucydides and on Aristotle Strauss offers up some rather subtle points about the ideal of the polis and about Thucydides vision of human fate and human frailty Not so taken with the essay on Plato, but the book is worth reading when thinking the origin of the idea of what we call politics Wish I d read the texts he was analyzing recently, but nonetheless found this a fascinating and compelling read The biggest thing he does a good job of is bringing out the stakes of these texts, and presenting the fundamental tensions they are pre occupied with I need to read competing interpretations because his seem so convincing and incontrovertible in the flow of reading them Also need to read something he actually wrote rather than just lecture transcriptions to see how it differs stylistically I found this style at times hard to follow but also rhetorically powerful in a hard to identify manner. Leo Strauss is one of the most subtly brilliant thinkers of the 20th Century He has spawned a considerable reputation in Western Philosophy, particularly as the creator of a neoconservative movement that some critics label, Straussianism Actual students of Strauss would testify that no such school exists, because it is actually, if you can make an ism of him, anti Straussian to moor individuals under his tutelage or peer ship into a school of his own thought Leo Strauss was no conservative he was an incredibly objective and human thinker who tried to probe deeply ancient philosophies to demonstrate their relevance to modern times And what modernity can learn from them.This book ranks just as brilliant as any other I have read of Leo Strauss s While I have only read deeply the essays on Aristotle s Politics and Plato s Republic, they are rich with ideas and possibilities not only for how to interpret the texts themselves, but also philosophy and life itself broadly His analysis of Aristotle is especially deep in maneuvering the intricacies of his thought, imbuing new views and life into Aristotelian politics, the Good Life, and what telos communities hope to share He contrasts and combines Aristotle with thinkers ancient and modern He has a dextrous mind.Strauss s theory of esoteric reading is also showcased here, with him stating that Plato hid his meaning within many layers of his dialogues in order to speak to chosen few, while making a general message for the general reader His insights into Plato are such as never get airtime today They could seem conspiratorial to some, but I think Strauss truly was trying to arrive objectively at what an Ancient Greek philosopher may have meant in his own cultural moment Strauss is trying to present these thinkers within their true context and meaning, and not the bastardization of that meaning that the centuries have subjected them to His task is an especially difficult one, and I admire individuals such as Strauss who try to empathize so totally with another moment apart from theirs, and then make it digestible to the readers of today.That is likely his paramount achievement and brilliance. A congregant who was a retired political science professor died last year and because he and I had engaged in various philosophical discussions over the years, I was able to select some books from his library He was a student of Strauss, so there were a handful of Strauss books to choose from.This volume is made up of three long essays one on Aristotle s Politics, one on Plato s Republic, and one on Thucydides Peloponnesian War In each essay there are some interesting insights, but overall I found Strauss to be a most infelicitous writer The final essay was by far the best and the most interesting, making me want to read Thucydides in full I ve only ever read excerpts.An overarching theme seems to be doing what is practical and realistic in politics. It s like Faulkner decided to write a book on political philosophy There are a couple of themes that keep popping up across the three essays, but not enough to provide a coherent point to the book Each essay on ancient Greek books Aristotle s Politics, Plato s Republic, and Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War is worth reading for the insightful comments on each particular book, but even they wander all over the place I couldn t sum this book up if I wanted to It may be a flaw in me, but I like a solid argument that s pretty well defined. Not my preferred style of writing, too roundabout.However, has some good analysis and viewpoints. This book, which is based on a set of lectures given by the author at the University of Virginia in 1962, represents a solid overview of some of the political works of Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides It is unique in that it the author s exposure to the phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger rubs off on the text My favorite part, a cogent discussion of the City Soul analogy in Plato s Republic, begins on page 91. *Free E-pub ☠ The City and Man ⇳ ,, The Political philosophy of Hobbes, Persecution and the Art of Writing, Thoughts on Machiavelli, What is Political Philosophy, Liberalism Ancient and ModernII III, Mad Blood (Drone Vampire Chronicles, The Political philosophy of Hobbes Ponto Pé de Flor Persecution and the Art of Writing Boyfriend by Christmas Thoughts on Machiavelli 33 ezkil (Literatura) What is Political Philosophy Una renovación divina: De una parroquia de mantenimiento a una parroquia misionera (ESTUDIOS Y ENSAYOS) Liberalism Ancient and ModernII III, At first blush the pairing of an essay on Thucydides Peloponnesian War with ones on Aristotle s Politics and Plato s Republic might seem a bit odd, but it s both brilliant and quite purposeful Each essay is excellent on its own, while the combination allows Strauss to present perspectives on classical political thought that wouldn t be possible if he limited the subjects strictly to political philosophy There s a lot of food for thought in these dense 240 pages. A grand analysis of Plato s Republic, Aristotle s Politics, and Thucydides s Histories Noteworthy is his contention that Plato wasn t reactionary, but instead viewed democracy as the best regime for philosophers to live in.