In one of his last books, Leo Strauss examines the confrontation between Socrates and Aristophanes in Aristophanes' comedies. Looking at eleven plays, Strauss shows that this confrontation is essentially one between poetry and philosophy, and that poetry emerges as an autonomous wisdom capable of rivaling philosophy.
Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born and educated in Germany, he emigrated to the United Sates in 1937. From 1949 to 1968 he was a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. He was the author of numerous books, many of which are published by the University of Chicago Press.
I: Introduction II: The Clouds III: The Other Plays 1: The Acharnians 2: The Knights 3: The Wasps 4: The Peace 5: The Birds 6: The Lysistrate 7: The Thesmophoriazusai 8: The Frogs 9: The Assembly of Women 10: The Plutos IV: Conclusion Notes Index