Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss' Writings on Classical Political Thought


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Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought offers clear, accessible essays to assist a new generation of readers in their introduction to Strauss’ writings on the ancients, and to deepen the understanding of those who have already benefitted from his work.

Strauss rediscovered esoteric writing. His careful explications of works by classical thinkers— of Socratic political philosophy, pre-Socratic philosophers, and of poets tragic and comic—have therefore opened those works up in a way that had been lost for centuries. Yet Strauss’ writings, especially his later works, make considerable demands on any reader. These essays are written by scholars who bring to bear on their reading of Strauss many years of study.

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Timothy W. Burns, PhD (1994), University of Toronto, is Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. He has co-authored Introduction To Political Philosophy, authored Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom, and published many articles and book chapters on thinkers from Homer to Nietzsche.

Contributors are: Wayne Ambler, Christopher Baldwin, Amy L. Bonnette, Timothy W. Burns, Eric Buzzetti, Susan Collins, Jonathan F. Culp, Dustin Gish, Robert Goldberg, John C. Koritansky, Mark J. Lutz, Gregory A. McBrayer, James H. Nichols, Jr., Clifford Orwin, Linda R. Rabieh, Michael Rosano, Richard S. Ruderman and Devin Stauffer.
"[T]his volume displays Strauss’s provocative originality, his skill in close reading and his nuanced understanding of dramatic context. (...) [A] welcome handbook to an important and frequently misunderstood thinker." John Bloxham, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.11.37.

"The recently published Brill’s Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought is both a very useful and an engaging book. It can provide a fruitful introduction to new readers of Leo Strauss, but it also addresses difficult and substantial problems that arise in Strauss’s interpretations. Hence this volume surely is an indispensable reading for every conscientious student of the thought of Strauss (...) The authors of this important book have offered to every reader of Strauss, and perhaps more importantly to students of Lucretius, Thucydides,
Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, and Aristotle, a precious gift." Antoine P. St-Hilaire, Interpretation, Spring 2017, Volume 43, Issue 3.

"This book provides a much needed guide to virtually all of Leo Strauss’s writings on Classical political thought. (...) The chapters are of a very high quality. It is particularly helpful to have a synoptic view of Strauss’s oeuvre on the Classics, which would otherwise require a long immersion
in his difficult work." Rodrigo Chacon, THe Classical Review, Published online: 07 September 2017.
About the Contributors
Editor’s Introduction
Leo Strauss’ Recovery of Classical Political Philosophy
Timothy W. Burns

Part 1
Pre-Socratic Thought
1 On “The Origin of the Idea of Natural Right” in Natural Right and History
Gregory A. McBrayer
2 Reading Thucydides with Leo Strauss
Clifford Orwin
3 On Leo Strauss’ “Notes on Lucretius”
James H. Nichols, Jr.

Part 2
Classical Political Philosophy
4 Leo Strauss’ “The Liberalism of Classical Political Philosophy”
Timothy W. Burns
5 On “Classic Natural Right” in Natural Right and History
Devin Stauffer
6 “On Collingwood’s Philosophy of History” and “On a New Interpretation of Plato’s Political Philosophy”
Jonathan F. Culp

Part 3
7 Learning to Love Aristophanes: Reading Aristophanes with Strauss
Christopher Baldwin

Part 4
8 On Leo Strauss’ Presentation of Xenophon’s Political Philosophy in “The Problem of Socrates”
Richard S. Ruderman
9 “Through the Keyhole”: Leo Strauss’ Rediscovery of Classical Political Philosophy in Xenophon’s Constitution of the Lacedaemonians
Richard S. Ruderman
10 A Guide to the Study of Leo Strauss’ On Tyranny
Eric Buzzetti
11 Socratic Rhetoric and Political Philosophy: Leo Strauss on Xenophon’s Symposium
Dustin Gish
12 Strauss on the Memorabilia: Xenophon’s Socrates
Amy L. Bonnette
13 Strauss on Xenophon’s Anabasis
13a The Difference between Socrates and Xenophon in Leo Strauss’ Account of Xenophon’s Anabasis
Devin Stauffer
13b Divine Justice in Strauss’ Anabasis
Timothy W. Burns

Part 5
14 Leo Strauss on the Politics of Plato’s Republic
Linda R. Rabieh
15 Philosophy and Law: On the Gravest Question in Plato’s Minos
Robert Goldberg
16 An Introduction to Strauss’ “An Untitled Lecture on Plato’s Euthyphron”
Wayne Ambler
17 Eristics, Protreptics, and (Dialectics): Strauss on Plato’sEuthydemos
Michael Rosano
18 Strauss on the Apology and Crito
John C. Koritansky
19 The Argument and the Action of Plato’s Laws
Mark J. Lutz

Part 6
20 Aristotle’s Political Science, Common Sense, and the Socratic Tradition in The City and Man
Susan D. Collins
Index of Proper Names
Anyone interested in the study of classical political philosophy, Leo Strauss, esoteric writing, and the history of Western thought.
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