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By Leo Strauss

"All political motion has . . . in itself a directedness in the direction of wisdom of the nice: of the nice lifestyles, or of the great society. For the nice society is the whole political strong. If this directedness turns into particular, if males make it their specific objective to obtain wisdom of the great existence and of the nice society, political philosophy emerges. . . . The subject of political philosophy is mankind's nice ambitions, freedom and govt or empire—objectives that are able to lifting all males past their negative selves. Political philosophy is that department of philosophy that's closest to political lifestyles, to non-philosophic existence, to human life."—From "What Is Political Philosophy?"

What Is Political Philosophy?—a choice of ten essays and lectures and 16 publication stories written among 1943 and 1957—contains a few of Leo Strauss's most renowned writings and a few of his so much particular statements of the subjects that made him recognized. The identify essay files Strauss's sole prolonged articulation of the that means of political philosophy itself. different essays talk about the relation of political philosophy to background, provide an account of the political philosophy of the non-Christian center a long time and of vintage ecu modernity, and current his thought of esoteric writing.

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