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Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Political Philosophy

Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Political Philosophy by Joshua Parens
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Leo Strauss is known primarily for reviving classical political philosophy. Strauss recovered that great tradition of thought largely lost to the West by beginning his study of classical thought with its teaching on politics rather than its metaphysics. What brought Strauss to this way of reading the classics, however, was a discovery he made as a young political scientist studying the obscure texts of Islamic and Jewish medieval political thought. In this volume, Joshua Parens examines Strauss's investigations of medieval political philosophy, offering interpretations of his writings on the great thinkers of that tradition, including interpretations of his most difficult writings on Alfarabi and Maimonides. In addition Parens explicates Strauss's statements on Christian medieval thought and his argument for rejecting the Scholastic paradigm as a method for interpreting Islamic and Jewish thought. Contrasting Scholasticism with Islamic and Jewish medieval political philosophy, Parens clarifies the theme of Strauss's thought, what Strauss calls the "theologico-political problem," and reveals the significance of medieval political philosophy in the Western tradition.BR> Joshua Parens is professor of philosophy and politics and dean of the Braniff Graduate School at the University of Dallas.
Boydell & Brewer; May 2016
209 pages; ISBN 9781782047650
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Title: Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Political Philosophy
Author: Joshua Parens
 
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9781580465533
9781782047650