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On Tyranny is Leo Strauss's classic reading of Xenophon's dialogue, Hiero or Tyrannicus, in which the tyrant Hiero and the poet Simonides discuss the advantages and disadvantages of exercising tyranny. This edition includes a translation of the dialogue, a critique of the commentary by the French philosopher Alexandre Kojandegrave;ve, Strauss's restatement of his position in light of Kojandegrave;ve's comments, and finally, the complete Strauss-Kojandegrave;ve correspondence.

"Through [Strauss's] interpretation Xenophon appears to us as no longer the somewhat dull and flat author we know, but as a brilliant and subtle writer, an original and profound thinker. What is more, in interpreting this forgotten dialogue, Strauss lays bare great moral and political problems that are still ours." and#8212;Alexandre Kojandegrave;ve, Critique

"On Tyranny is a complex and stimulating book with its 'parallel dialogue' made all the more striking since both participants take such unusual, highly provocative positions, and so force readers to face substantial problems in what are often wholly unfamiliar, even shocking ways." and#8212;Robert Pippin, History and Theory

"Every political scientist who tries to disentangle himself from the contemporary confusion over the problems of tyranny will be much indebted to this study and inevitably use it as a starting point."and#8212;Eric Voegelin, The Review of Politics

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

About the Author

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His many contributions to political philosophy include The Political Philosophy of Hobbes and Liberalism Ancient and Modern, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. On Tyranny

Xenophon: Hiero or Tyrannicus

Leo Strauss: On Tyranny

Notes on On Tyranny

II. The Strauss-Kojandegrave;ve Debate

Alexandre Kojandegrave;ve: Tyranny and Wisdom

Leo Strauss: Restatement on Xenophon's Hiero

III. The Strauss-Kojandegrave;ve Correspondence

Letters

Editorial Notes

Name Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226776873
Editor:
Gourevitch, Victor; Roth, Michael S.
Editor:
Gourevitch, Victor
Editor:
Gourevitch, Victor; Roth, Michael S.
Editor:
Roth, Michael S.
Author:
Strauss, Leo
Author:
Roth, Michael S.
Author:
Gourevitch, Victor
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Despotism
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Strauss, Leo
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
20000515
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones, 9 line drawings
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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