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Socrates and Aristophanes

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In one of his last books, Socrates and Aristophanes, Leo Strauss's examines the confrontation between Socrates and Aristophanes in Aristophanes' comedies. Looking at eleven plays, Strauss shows that this confrontation is essentially one between poetry and philosophy, and that poetry emerges as an autonomous wisdom capable of rivaling philosophy.

"Strauss gives us an impressive addition to his life's work—the recovery of the Great Tradition in political philosophy. The problem the book proposes centers formally upon Socrates. As is typical of Strauss, he raises profound issues with great courage. . . . [He addresses] a problem that has been inherent in Western life ever since [Socrates'] execution: the tension between reason and religion. . . . Thus, we come to Aristophanes, the great comic poet, and his attack on Socrates in the play The Clouds. . . [Strauss] translates it into the basic problem of the relation between poetry and philosophy, and resolves this by an analysis of the function of comedy in the life of the city." —Stanley Parry, National Review

Synopsis:

In one of his last books, Socrates and Aristophanes, Leo Strauss examines the confrontation between Socrates and Aristophanes in Aristophanes' comedies. Looking at eleven plays, Strauss shows that this confrontation is essentially one between poetry and philosophy, and that poetry emerges as an autonomous wisdom capable of rivaling philosophy.

About the Author

Leo Strauss (1899–1973) was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, among them The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, Natural Right and History,and Spinoza’s Critique of Religion, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

I: Introduction

II: The Clouds

III: The Other Plays

1: The Acharnians

2: The Knights

3: The Wasps

4: The Peace

5: The Birds

6: The Lysistrate

7: The Thesmophoriazusai

8: The Frogs

9: The Assembly of Women

10: The Plutos

IV: Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226777191
Author:
Strauss, Leo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Socrates
Subject:
Aristophanes
Subject:
Greek drama (Comedy)
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
332
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In one of his last books, Socrates and Aristophanes, Leo Strauss examines the confrontation between Socrates and Aristophanes in Aristophanes' comedies. Looking at eleven plays, Strauss shows that this confrontation is essentially one between poetry and philosophy, and that poetry emerges as an autonomous wisdom capable of rivaling philosophy.
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