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Political Philosophy Cross-Examined: Perennial Challenges to the Philosophic Life (2013)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Philosophic Life in Question, by Thomas L. Pangle and J. Harvey Lomax

1. Sophistry as a Way of Life, by Robert C. Bartlett
2. Aristotle on Theory and Practice, by Christopher Bruell
3. Aristotle's Politics Book 7 on the Best Way of Life, by Thomas L. Pangle
4. Inexhaustible Riches: Mining the Bible, by J. Harvey Lomax
5. On the Philosophic Character of Tacitus' Imperial Political History and Science, by James Nichols
6. Maimonides on Knowledge of Good and Evil: The Guide of the Perplexed I.2, by Ronna Burger
7. Machiavelli in the Prince: His Way of Life in Question, by Nathan Tarcov
8. Of Human Ends in Bacon's Essayes, by Ralph Lerner
9. Hobbes's Natural Theology, by Devin Stauffer
10. Rousseau's Happiness in Freedom, by Hasso Hofmann
11. Heidegger on Nietzsche on Nihilism, by Robert B. Pippin
12. How Benardete Read the Last Stage of Socrates' Philosophic Education, by Laurence Lampert

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Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss: The Hidden Dialogue (2006)

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Carl Schmitt is the most famous and controversial defender of political theology in our century. But in his best-known work, The Concept of the Political, issued in 1927, 1932, and 1933, political considerations led him to conceal the dependence of his entire political theory on his faith in divine revelation. In 1932 political philosopher Leo Strauss published a critical review of The Concept of the Political that earned him Schmitt's respect and initiated an extremely subtle interchange between Schmitt and Strauss regarding Schmitt's critique of liberalism. Although Schmitt never answered Strauss publicly, in the third edition of his book he changed key passages in response to Strauss's criticisms without ever acknowledging them. In the present book Heinrich Meier astutely follows the trail left by the interlocutors. The present volume includes a new translation of Strauss's classic essay and the first English version of three letters to Schmitt from Strauss.

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"Carl Schmitt envelops the center of his thought in darkness because the center of his thought is faith. The center is faith in God's having become man, in a 'historical event of infinite, unpossessable, unoccupiable uniqueness.'" – page 68.

"To him the truth of revelation is such a certain source of 'pure and whole knowledge' that only a subordinate, derivative significance can be ascribed to any efforts to attain by human means knowledge of the nature of man and valid statements about the character of the political." – page 69.