Recovering Reason

Recovering Reason : Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle

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Recovering Reason: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle is a collection of essays composed by students and friends of Thomas L. Pangle to honor his seminal work and outstanding guidance in the study of political philosophy. These essays examine both Socrates' and modern political philosophers' attempts to answer the question of the right life for human beings, as those attempts are introduced and elaborated in the work of thinkers from Homer and Thucydides to Nietzsche and Charles Taylor.show more

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  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146327
  • 9780739146323

About Timothy Burns

Timothy Burns is an associate professor of government at Skidmore College.show more

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The best way to honor a great scholar is with more great scholarship. Over the last few decades, Thomas Pangle has been one of the most illuminating and prolific commentators on the history of political philosophy. As a teacher, he has educated several generations of wonderfully talented students. The discipline of political philosophy has been hugely enriched both by Pangle's own work, and by the work he has helped inspire in students and colleagues-as this excellent volume so powerfully testifies. -- Ronald Beiner, University of Toronto An extraordinarily fine collection of essays-wide-ranging, yet coherent and profound-that pays fitting tribute to the work of Thomas Pangle, one of the truly great scholars and teachers of our generation. -- Arthur Melzer, Michigan State University This bold and spirited volume provides a vivid tribute to the teaching of Thomas Pangle. Over a long career at Yale, Toronto, and now the University of Texas, Pangle has attracted students devoted to carrying on the legacy of his teacher, Leo Strauss, and bringing it to its current height of influence. Pangle's own writings, whether on Plato dialogues, Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, or the Hebrew Bible have contributed both to our understanding of these texts and to the esteem in which Strauss's legacy is held today. -- Steven B Smith, Yale Universityshow more

Table of contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Introduction Part 3 I: Pre-Socratic Thought Chapter 4 1. Homer and the Foundation of Classical Civilization Chapter 5 2. Prometheus and Oedipus: The Arrogance and Limits of Art and Reason Chapter 6 3. What War Discloses Chapter 7 4. The Classical Rationalism of Thucydides Chapter 8 5. The Aristophanic Question Chapter 9 6. On the Power of Rhetoric: Gorgias and the Philosophic Foundation of Sophistry Part 10 Part II: Socratic Rationalism Chapter 11 7. Socrates and the Sophists Chapter 12 8. Thrasymachus' Blush Chapter 13 9. Civic or Human Virtue in Aristotle's Politics Chapter 14 10. Happiness in the Perspective of Philosophy Chapter 15 11. The Problem of Providence in Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed Chapter 16 12. A Slingshot Recoils: The Critique of Philosophy in Halevi's Kuzari Part 17 III: On Leo Strauss Chapter 18 13. Thinking Nietzsche Through and Strauss's Recovery of Classical Political Philosophy Chapter 19 14. John Toland and Leo Strauss on Esoteric Writing Chapter 20 15. Did Plato Believe in his own Metaphysics? And Did Strauss? Chapter 21 16. Leo Strauss on Machiavelli and the Origins of Modernity Part 22 IV: Modern Political Philosophy Chapter 23 17. Aristotelian Kingship and Lockean Prerogative Chapter 24 18. "For Which Human Nature Can Never Be Too Grateful": Montesquieu as the Heir of Christianity Chapter 25 19. "They Flock Into Cities; Their Situation is Less Precarious": David Hume and the Intellectual Origins of the American Founding Chapter 26 20. Rousseau on the Philosophic Life Les reveries du Promeneur Solitaire Chapter 27 21. Schiller on Aesthetic Education: Radicalization by Return Chapter 28 22. Stendhal and the Promise of Happiness: An Introduction to the Charterhouse of Parma Chapter 29 23. Tocqueville's Burke, or Story as History Part 30 V: Contemporary Issues and political philosophy Chapter 31 24. Corrupting or Edifying? Cato the Elder and Cicero on the Role of Philosophy in Roman Civic Education Chapter 32 25. Abstract Painting and the Rule of Doubt Chapter 33 26. Kissinger and Thucydides Chapter 34 27. Charles Taylor as a Theorist of MulticulturalismRecognition/Authenticity Chapter 35 28. Neuroplasticity, Perfectibility, and Three Ideas of Nature 36 Bibliography of the Published Work of Thomas L. Pangle 37 Index 38 About the Contributorsshow more

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