By Seth Benardete, Leo Strauss
"The first significant piece of unpublished paintings by means of Leo Strauss to seem in additional than thirty years, Leo Strauss On Plato's "Symposium" bargains the general public the remarkable adventure of encountering this popular pupil as his scholars did. Given as a direction in autumn 1959 below the name "Plato's Political Philosophy," on the college of Chicago, those transcripts formerly had circulated in samizdat style, handed down from one new release of scholars to the following. They exhibit Strauss at his top, in his sophisticated and occasionally oblique kind of research, which has attracted nearly as a lot remark as has the content material of his thought." "Strauss provides a coherent and whole interpretation of the Symposium, continuing by means of a meticulous analyzing from commencing to finish. working at the as soon as universal speculation that remark is a superb approach to expounding the reality, Strauss sheds mild not just at the that means of the discussion and its position within the Platonic corpus, but additionally on a number of significant issues, together with the character of eros and its position within the total financial system of human existence; the perennial quarrel among poetry and philosophy, and the relation of either to piety, politics, and morality; the nature of Socrates and the questions of his trial; and lots of different matters." As provocative as they have been a part century in the past, those very important lectures could be welcomed by means of scholars of classics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and political philosophy.