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  1. On Tyranny
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  2. On Tyranny

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On Tyranny is Leo Strauss's classic reading of Xenophon's dialogue, Hiero or Tyrannicus, in which the tyrant Hiero and the poet Simonides discuss the advantages and disadvantages of exercising tyranny. This edition includes a translation of the dialogue, a critique of the commentary by the French philosopher Alexandre Kojève, Strauss's restatement of his position in light of Kojève's comments, and finally, the complete Strauss-Kojève correspondence.

"Through [Strauss's] interpretation Xenophon appears to us as no longer the somewhat dull and flat author we know, but as a brilliant and subtle writer, an original and profound thinker. What is more, in interpreting this forgotten dialogue, Strauss lays bare great moral and political problems that are still ours." --Alexandre Kojève, Critique

"On Tyranny is a complex and stimulating book with its 'parallel dialogue' made all the more striking since both participants take such unusual, highly provocative positions, and so force readers to face substantial problems in what are often wholly unfamiliar, even shocking ways." --Robert Pippin, History and Theory

"Every political scientist who tries to disentangle himself from the contemporary confusion over the problems of tyranny will be much indebted to this study and inevitably use it as a starting point."--Eric Voegelin, The Review of Politics

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

the first masterpiece of Leo Strauss for a commentary of ancient works.
landmark of the hermeneutics in the 20th century, revival of ancient insight,
most insightful and exciting book I ever read.
helping the eager few to rediscover the world which Xenophon artfully conveys with a common appearance.
if this work doesn't wake one up from the modern ignorant self-confirming allusion, perhaps no book can.
splendid discussion between the two great philosophers.
best introduction to ancient thoughts.
This book is composed of a translation of Xenophon's Hiero, a commentary by Leo Strauss ('On Tyranny') on it, two essays (one by Kojève, one by Strauss) outlining the controversy between them and finally, in the latest edition, the correspondence between them. After reading the essays Kojève and Strauss aimed at each other one comes to suspect that the major difference between the two is how, precisely, philosophy is to rule the world. Strauss prefers the ancient way of moderately (and occasionally) influencing the Nomos while Kojève insists that Nomos (i.e., Law) must be exactly equal to Philosophy - or, more precisely, equal to exactly what philosophy wants of it. Thus Strauss is for 'ruling' while Kojève wants to Rule.

Thus it really is very funny how Kojève 'accuses' Strauss of insanity! By this, Kojève only means that if a philosopher does not go forth and change the World he can never know that his understanding is not mere... Read more
Although the book is entitled, "On Tyranny", according to Strauss and Kojeve, it really is about the philosopher's relationship with the state, the philosopher's potential obligation to serve the state versus using his limited time to further his private quest for knowledge and wisdom, and if the philosopher is obligated to serve the state if that regime is tyrannical. This excellent book is divided into the following six parts: Introduction by Strauss' former student, Victor Gourevitch and Michael Roth; the Simonides/Hiero dialogue by Xenophon; Strauss' interpretation of the dialogue; Kojeve's response to Strauss' initial interpretation entitled "Tyranny and Wisdom"; Strauss' Restatement; and finally the Strauss/Kojeve correspondence on a range of topics from 1932-1965.

Strauss was obviously an excellent reader and his interpretation of Xenophon's dialogue reveals a startling ability to derive meaning from detail and nuance, and revealingly, Strauss... Read more
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