Liberal democratic thought in the 20th century is composed of two strands: the classical, which emphasizes human excellence, and the modern, which emphasizes individual freedom and social equality. In these essays, Strauss examines the ambiguous relationship between these tendencies, seeking to illuminate the democratic discourse.
Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His contributions to political philsophy include "Natural Right and History, The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, The City and the Man, Thoughts on Machiavelli, Persecution and the Art of Writing, What Is Political Philosophy?, The History of Political Philosophy, "and "The Rebirth of Classical Rationalism," all available from the University of Chicago Press.
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