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Modern European Philosophy : Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem - Heinrich Meier

Modern European Philosophy

Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem


Published: 19th March 2007
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This book, by one of the most prominent interpreters of Leo Strauss's thought, was the first to address the problem that Leo Strauss himself said was the theme of his studies: the theologico-political problem or the confrontation with the theological and the political alternative to philosophy as a way of life. In his theologico-political treatise, which comprises four parts and an appendix, Heinrich Meier clarifies the distinction between political theology and political philosophy and reappraises the unifying center of Strauss's philosophical enterprise. The book is the culmination of Meier's work on the theologico-political problem. It will interest anyone who seeks to understand both the problem caused by revelation for philosophy and the challenge posed by political-religious radicalism. The appendix makes available for the first time two lectures by Strauss that are immediately relevant to the subject of this book and that will open the way for future research and debate on the legacy of Strauss.

'Heinrich Meier's excellent Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem is particularly timely and welcome. ... Meier's work helps us begin to understand the greatness of Strauss as a philosopher. That is an achievement worthy of note and gratitude.' The Weekly Standard 'A masterful study of Strauss ... The leading interpreter of Strauss's writings in Germany, as well as the editor of his collected works in German, Meier marshals abundant evidence from Strauss's corpus to demonstrate that his primary concern was indeed with the conflict between reason and revelation, and not with politics narrowly construed.' The New Republic

Preface to the American Editionp. xi
The Theologico-Political Problem: On the Theme of Leo Strauss
The Theologico-Political Problemp. 3
On the Genealogy of Faith in Revelationp. 29
Death as God: A Note on Martin Heideggerp. 45
The History of Philosophy and the Intention of the Philosopher: Reflections on Leo Straussp. 53
What is Political Theology?p. 75
Why Political Philosophy?p. 89
Two Unpublished Lectures
The Living Issues of German Postwar Philosophy (1940)p. 115
Reason and Revelation (1948)p. 141
Index of Namesp. 181
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ISBN: 9780521699457
ISBN-10: 0521699452
Series: Modern European Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 19th March 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 1.2  x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.31