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On Tyranny

Corrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojève Correspondence

On Tyranny

Corrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojève Correspondence

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. Included are a translation of the dialogue from its original Greek, a critique of Strauss’s commentary by the French philosopher Alexandre Kojève, and the complete correspondence between the two.

This revised and expanded edition introduces important corrections throughout and expands Strauss’s restatement of his position in light of Kojève’s commentary to bring it into conformity with the text as it was originally published in France.

358 pages | 2 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1948, 1964, 1991, 2013

Philosophy: Philosophy of Society

Political Science: Classic Political Thought

Reviews

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.”

Robert Pippin | History and Theory

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