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Contents Preface viii Acknowledgments x Abbreviations xii Introduction: Leo Strauss on the Permanent Problems and the Predicaments of Modernity 1 Introduction Strauss and his Critics The Critique of Modernity History and Philosophy Studying Strauss "Between the Lines" Re-reading Strauss PART ONE Approaching Leo Strauss Chapter One: Leo Strauss's Idea of History 35 Introduction Historicism on the Meaning of History Turning to History Conclusion Chapter Two: Revelation and Reason in Leo Strauss 66 Introduction Defining Revelation and Reason Either/Or Dialogue between Revelation and Reason Conclusion PART TWO Strauss's Machiavelli on Religion: Neither Christian nor Pagan Chapter Three: Christianity and the Bible 118 Introduction Machiavelli's Judgment on Christianity Machiavelli's Reflections on Biblical/Christian theology Conclusion Chapter Four: Cosmology and the Utility of Religion 162 Introduction Machiavelli's Cosmological Reflections The Utility of Religion Conclusion PART THREE Strauss's Machiavelli on Philosophy: Political Virtue Chapter Five: Moral Virtue and Human Action 194 Introduction Virtue and Goodness Free Will, Necessity, and Chance Conclusion Chapter Six: Virtue and Governance 236 Introduction The Common Good and Selfishness Forms of Government: Republics, Principalities, and Tyrannies Human Nature, the Common Good, and the Highest Good Conclusion Chapter Seven: The Legacy of Machiavelli's Moral-Political Teaching 282 Introduction Strauss's Concluding Thoughts on Machiavelli Conclusion 310 Appendix: An Outline of Strauss's Critical Study of Machiavelli's Teaching 319 Bibliography 321 Index 000
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Religion and politics.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Strauss, Leo. Thoughts on Machiavelli.
Machiavelli, Niccolâao, 1469-1527.