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Read On Tyranny ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Leo Strauss ´ 5 Read N end and what this end of history will look like On Tyranny first published by The Free Press in 1956 considers the idea of the end of history This re. Man these guys were so fuckin smart

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Read On Tyranny ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Leo Strauss ´ 5 Read Vised edition includes an extensive selection from the life long correspondence between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve the French Hegelian philosophe. Strauss s analysis of Xenophon s Hiero could charitably be described as strained More accurately his interpretation of Xenophon s text is ludicrous Nonetheless the Strauss sections of the book are a pretty good succinct expression of what Strauss is about More to the point the StraussKojeve debate and correspondence are great funMy favorite part is an insane line of Kojeve s Truth to tell Xenophon s text is less precise than Hegel s pg 142 This is fine until you consider that Hiero is like 22 pages long a dialogue and not apparently about anything that Strauss and Kojeve are ascribing to it As long as you don t go in thinking you re going to read about Xenophon s dialogue there is plenty to appreciate

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Read On Tyranny ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Leo Strauss ´ 5 Read Current speculation about the end of the Cold War and its implications for the future of the West has revived an old debate about whether history has a. The first half of the 20th century made fools of politicians political scientists and political philosophers in or less eual measure The radical dangers posed by rising extremist ideologies like National Socialism existentialism and Bolshevism went unrecognized by most 20th century students of government until far too late Given a choice much of humanity had spurned democracy and embraced totalitarianism the most insidious form of tyranny that humanity had seen since the Inuisition The conseuences were catastrophic Basic notions of government that had sustained Europe and the New World for generations seemed obsolete Especially in Europe the Enlightenment s assumed improvement of the human condition was cast into grave doubt At mid century standing at the intersection of the ending Second World War and the dawning Cold War the political philosopher Leo Strauss posed the uestion why did we not see it coming What is it about modern political science that explains why it was so late to recognize profound tyranny even as it grabbed large portions of the West by the throatTo explore that uestion Strauss turns to the ancients and in particular to Xenophon s dialogue HIERO or THE TYRANT HIERO is the only surviving classical Greek writing that is devoted to an express discussion of the nature of a tyrant Strauss seems to suppose that Xenophon can teach us something useful about recognizing tyranny in our own timeTo execute his notion Strauss gives us his own new translation of HIERO his explanatory essay dissecting HIERO a critiue of Strauss s explanatory essay written by Alexandre Kojeve Strauss s response to Kojeve s critiue and in later editions Strauss s editors have added the Strauss Kojeve correspondence Xenophon s dialogue divides into two parts In the first part Hiero complains to Simonides that being a tyrant is not what it s cracked up to be A tyrant s lot is not a happy one per Hiero In the second part Simonides counsels Hiero that he might be happier if he made an effort to be a benevolent tyrant and offers concrete examples for how to be benevolent All in all this is a pretty thin gruel This dialogue of Xenophon s has long been regarded as a minor work and there is nothing about Strauss s new translation that should cause readers to regard it anewStrauss s explanatory essay displays his remarkable talent for interpreting the text of an ancient writer Strauss can sueeze all of the juice from such a lemon and he does so tediously at times in his essay But his take on tyranny as posited by Xenophon is disappointingly shallow What distinguishes a tyrant from a king is legitimacy What confers legitimacy is the rule of law Therefore what makes a tyrant a tyrant is that he has acuired power or maintained it outside legal means But what makes law Sometimes the illegitimate can be transformed and become law by becoming accepted How does this happen It happens through benevolence at least some of the time In effect there is an algorithmic relationship between power legitimacy law and benevolence that defines the difference between a tyrant and a king as Strauss interprets XenophonKojeve disputes all of this For him there is no significant distinction between tyrants and kings or other leaders They all act from a desire to be recognized a basic human impulse There is no reason why a dictator cannot be a good leader just as a legally chosen leader can be good But what Kojeve really wants to talk about is the universal state or the end of history In particular given that the universal state is inevitable in his Hegelian Marxist opinion do individuals make a difference anyway Strauss s response to Kojeve s critiue is uninspired it seemed to this reader He is like an expert witness testifying in a trial to respond to the opinion of another expert He is all about criticizing the first opinion but fails to give a plausible or complete opinion of his own This may be harsh but I was disappointed that the exchange progressed in the way that it did between these two brilliant men My issue may be that Kojeve hijacked the discussion and the hijacking does not work because Kojeve s take on Hegel is misguided I lack sufficient understanding of Hegel to certify of my own knowledge that this is what went on I can say this The uestions that Strauss and Kojeve debate are important and deserve our attention But ON TYRANNY is a flawed forum for sorting out the answers to those uestions I recommend that before you decide to read ON TYRANNY that you read Robert Pippin s review of ON TYRANNY that published under the title Being Time and Politics The Strauss Kojeve Debate Pippin s 20 pages review will give you an excellent sense of whether you want to tackle ON TYRANNY


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