Leo Strauss on Hegel (The Leo Strauss Transcript Series) (Paperback)
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In the winter of 1965, Leo Strauss taught a seminar on Hegel at the University of Chicago. While Strauss neither considered himself a Hegelian nor wrote about Hegel at any length, his writings contain intriguing references to the philosopher, particularly in connection with his studies of Hobbes, in his debate in On Tyranny with Alexandre Kojève; and in his account of the “three waves” of modern political philosophy.
Leo Strauss on Hegel reconstructs Strauss’s seminar on Hegel, supplemented by passages from an earlier version of the seminar from which only fragments of a transcript remain. Strauss focused his seminar on the lectures collected in The Philosophy of History, which he considered more accessible than Hegel’s written works. In his own lectures on Hegel, Strauss continues his project of demonstrating how modern philosophers related to ancient thought and explores the development and weaknesses of modern political theory. Strauss is especially concerned with the relationship in Hegel between empirical history and his philosophy of history, and he argues for the primacy of religion in Hegel’s understanding of history and society. In addition to a relatively complete transcript, Leo Strauss on Hegel also includes annotations, which bring context and clarity to the text.
About the Author
Paul Franco is the Barry N. Wish Professor of Government and Social Studies at Bowdoin College. He is the author or editor of six books, including Nietzsche’s Enlightenment: The Free-Spirit Trilogy of the Middle Period and Leo Strauss on Hegel, both also published by the University of Chicago Press.
"On Hegel. . . . Strauss.grants us a more comprehensive insight into Strauss’ mature. . . .view of Hegel’s philosophy than we find elsewhere in his work."
— Max Morris, Phenomenological Reviews
"This work tells us a lot about Strauss's pedagogy and about the need for professors to remain attentive to the brightest thinkers so that we may humbly and rigorously translate their excellence to students."
— Archives de la philosophie (Translated from French)