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By Leo Strauss

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The urban and Man contains provocative essays via the past due Leo Strauss on Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, and Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars. jointly, the essays represent a super try to use classical political philosophy as a way of releasing glossy political philosophy from the stranglehold of ideology. The essays are in keeping with an extended and intimate familiarity with the works, however the essay on Aristotle is mainly vital as one among Strauss's few writings at the thinker who mostly formed Strauss's belief of antiquity. The essay on Plato is a full-scale dialogue of Platonic political philosophy, huge in scope but compact in execution. whilst discussing Thucydides, Strauss succeeds not just in offering the historian as an ethical philosopher of excessive rank, yet in drawing his suggestion into the orbit of philosophy, and hence indicating a relation of background and philosophy that doesn't presuppose the absorption of philosophy via history.

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