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The Straussian Paradigm Turned Upside-Down: A Model For Studying Political Philosophy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (English)In: Minerva, ISSN 1393-614X, E-ISSN 1393-614X, Vol. 17, 49-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much of Leo Strauss's scholarship focused on the possibilities of moral knowledge and the quality of rulers, and these interests guide his readings in the history of political philosophy. I suggest that this is a fruitful way of studying political thought. It will, however, be argued that Strauss's belief in objective morality should be discarded. Thus, our judgments on past thinkers may have to be reversed or modified. Strauss's belief that only objective values can lend a firm support to democracy is also discussed and refuted. How this "inverted" Straussianism might be applied is briefly exemplified with the case of Hobbes.

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2013. Vol. 17, 49-73 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97349DiVA: diva2:677072
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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