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The City and Man 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 ✅ Book Lover PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Kaufman – Kleankitchen.co.uk Plato s Republic [Ebook] ➧ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➭ Delores Fossen – Kleankitchen.co.uk and Thucydides Peloponnesian Wars Together ❮PDF❯ ❤ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [Télécharger] ➵ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 ❰Epub❯ ➞ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – Kleankitchen.co.uk wide in scope yet compact in execution When discussing Thucydides ❮Read❯ ➸ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, ➻ Author Cindi Myers – Kleankitchen.co.uk Strauss succeeds not only in presenting the historian as a moral thinker of high rank ❰PDF❯ ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Kleankitchen.co.uk but in drawing his thought into the orbit of philosophy [PDF / Epub] ☉ An Amish Family Christmas Author Marta Perry – Kleankitchen.co.uk and thus indicating a relation of history and philosophy that does not presuppose the absorption of philosophy by history


About the Author: Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss was a German American philosopher and philologist of ancient Greek text In his early years studying in Germany he acquainted himself with seminal German thinkers of the 20th century such as Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl and Ernst Cassirer As a person of Jewish ancestry, Strauss fled to the United States during the rule of Third Reich and taught at the University of Chicago There, he wrote commentaries on ancient Greek thought of Plato and Aristotle, as well as the medieval philosophy of Maimonides and Islamic philosophers, and expounded his thought on political philosophy His legacy remains in the realm of political theories to this day.



10 thoughts on “The City and Man

  1. Michael Michael says:

    Wow All I can say is wow, what a read For an author that seemingly dislikes the use of paragraphs, Strauss books are in the small minority of dense reads that I find worth the time to struggle through He is was an extremely intelligent man who, fun for us, or maybe just fun for me, writes in code Strauss works are, as he may say, a silent instruction The City and Man is certainly no exception to this rule.Don t like philosophical spoilers Then stop reading this review because the fol Wow All I can say is wow, what a read For an author that seemingly dislikes the use of paragraphs, Strauss books are in the small minority of dense reads that I find worth the time to struggle through He is was an extremely intelligent man who, fun for us, or maybe just fun for me, writes in code Strauss works are, as he may say, a silent instruction The City and Man is certainly no exception to this rule.Don t like philosophical spoilers Then stop reading this review because the following are, in my view, a few code breakers for interpreting this Straussian text I ll keep it somewhat laconically brief Nomos Nomos is conventional, relative truth a fabricated, normative reality Even when not explicitly using this word i.e the picture in a frame Strauss is always talking about nomos within his tacit instruction i.e the frame around the picture Through mental constructs, our perception is overlaid with the markings of cultural values, beliefs, ideals, nationalities, habits, lines of thinking, and ways of proceeding Perception is distorted in accordance with conditioning First there is a cognition, then a cognitive distortion The city overwhelms nature Personally, my ears perk up whenever someone uses the phrase the real world Nature Awareness Simple as that Awareness precedes thought and hence can t be captured by the modality of thought and other mental phenomena Before the advent of the city, our natural state awareness lies free of values and judgments On a side note the contemplative practice of meditation may assist us in experientially seeing this Moreover nature is the whole , the whole phenomenal world that is Reminiscent of eastern and Gnostic philosophies, we are the world and the world is us We lie in ourselves and fail to realize it because we alienate ourselves from ourselves consciousness becomes fragmented within itself through abstract categories and interpretive schemas Politics The interaction between people But as far as rhetoric is concerned it is the manipulation of nomos for specific consequences By fashioning mental artifacts that shape and organize experience into specified constellations, philosophers persuade the masses through their mouthpieces that are the politicians However, those that have broken free from this mental social immersion Plato s Cave are no longer influenced by these political games and are thus free to participate in the further propagation of myths, stand aloof, or divulge this information in the attempt to liberate others To be just or unjust is the questionor maybe this is a false, dualistic dilemma After all the entire normative landscape, by being grounded in fiction, is specious to begin with Random Bits and Pieces Every now and then Strauss throws in a random chunky paragraph or misplaced sentence that provides contextual clues Duly note these clues because their counterparts will most likely appear, indirectly of course, ten or twenty pages down the road Given these hints we must rotate the text and unlock their true meaning much like a Rubik s Cube Although I won t quote specific passages I do, however, remember that certain intimations are made That enlightenment itself is not a myth, that those who Know Themselves are truly wise, and towards the end Strauss even ends with the question Quid Sit Deus What is God In other words, what is the phenomenal world From whence do phenomena emerge and fall away to What, really, is our true nature That is,specifically, who am I, really, once all the constructions that I surround myself with have been stripped away The eye will never see itself

  2. DoctorM DoctorM says:

    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

  3. Andrew Pitkin Andrew Pitkin says:

    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 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 itselfbroadly 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

  4. E. E. says:

    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 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

  5. Zo Zo says:

    Wish I d read the texts he was analyzingrecently, 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 readcompeting 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 diff Wish I d read the texts he was analyzingrecently, 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 readcompeting 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

  6. Booksearcher Booksearcher says:

    Not my preferred style of writing, too roundabout.However, has some good analysis and viewpoints.

  7. Aaron Crofut Aaron Crofut says:

    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 m 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

  8. Tim Tim says:

    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.

  9. Scott Scott says:

    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.

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