What is Political Philosophy? And Other Studies
What Is Political Philosophy?—a collection of ten essays and lectures and sixteen book reviews written between 1943 and 1957—contains some of Leo Strauss's most famous writings and some of his most explicit statements of the themes that made him famous. The title essay records Strauss's sole extended articulation of the meaning of political philosophy itself. Other essays discuss the relation of political philosophy to history, give an account of the political philosophy of the non-Christian Middle Ages and of classic European modernity, and present his theory of esoteric writing.
I. What Is Political Philosophy?
II. Political Philosophy and History
III. On Classical Political Philosophy
IV. Restatement on Xenophon's Hiero
V. How Farabi Read Plato's Laws
VI. Maimonides' Statement on Political Science
VII. On the Basis of Hobbe's Political Philosophy
VIII. Locke's Doctrine of Natural Law
IX. On a Forgotten Kind of Writing
X. Kurt Riezler
Criticism: Sixteen Appraisals
Index of Names