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Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium

by Seth Benardete

  • ISBN: 9780226776859
  • ISBN10: 0226776859

Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium

by Seth Benardete

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780226776859
  • ISBN10: 0226776859
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Description: The first major piece of unpublished work by Leo Strauss to appear in more than thirty years, Leo Strauss On Plato's "Symposium" offers the public the unprecedented experience of encountering this renowned scholar as his students did. Given as a course in autumn 1959 under the title "Plato's Political Philosophy" at the University of Chicago, these lectures previously had circulated in samizdat fashion, passed down from one generation of students to the next. They show Strauss at his best, in his subtle and sometimes indirect style of analysis, which has attracted almost as much commentary as has the content of his thought.

Strauss presents a coherent and complete interpretation of the Symposium, proceeding by a meticulously careful reading, from beginning to end. Operating on the once common hypothesis that commentary is an excellent method of expounding the truth, Strauss sheds light not only on the meaning of the dialogue and its place in the Platonic corpus, but also on a host of important topics, including the nature of eros and its place in the overall economy of human life; the perennial quarrel between poetry and philosophy, and the relation of both to piety, politics, and morality; the character of Socrates and the questions of his trial; and many other matters.

As provocative and important as they were a half century ago, these valuable lectures will be welcomed by students of classics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and political philosophy.

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